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Terracotta calyx-krater (mixing bowl)

Attributed to the Amykos Painter
Period:
Classical
Date:
ca. 430–400 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, South Italian, Lucanian
Medium:
Terracotta; red-figure
Dimensions:
H. 15 1/16 in. (38.3 cm); diameter of mouth 14 9/16 in. (37 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1921
Accession Number:
21.88.75
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 162
Obverse, four warriors fighting
Reverse, four youths

This vase well illustrates the complex interrelation between Greek art and artists in Southern Italy and the indigenous populations. In its shape and ornament, the krater has not evolved far beyond its Athenian models. The combat, by contrast, shows warriors with their native helmets in poses that emphasize individual movement rather than compositional rigor.
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1923. "Athenian Pottery: Recent Accessions." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 18(11): p. 256.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. pp. 116, 256, pl. 96a, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Söldner, Magdalene. 2007. Bios Eudaimon: Zur Ikonographie des Menschen in der Rotfigurigen Vasenmalerei Unteritaliens; die Bilder aus Lukanien. fig. 243, Möhnsee: Bibliopolis.

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