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Terracotta oinochoe (jug)

Attributed to the Disney Painter
ca. 430–420 B.C.
Greek, Attic
Terracotta; red-figure
5 3/8in. (13.6cm) Other: 3 7/16in. (8.8cm)
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1924
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Archer, probably Odysseus

In the Odyssey, Homer recounted the homecoming of the Greek hero Odysseus after years of wandering at the end of the Trojan War. He found his house filled with suitors for the hand of his wife, Penelope, and managed single-handedly to kill them with his powerful bow and arrows. The archer on this vase probably can be identified as Odysseus, because of his obviously unkempt hair, an indication of the vicissitudes the hero had undergone. Moreover, a similar figure appears on several more complete ancient representations of the scene.
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1925. "Athenian Red-Figured Vases." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 20(5): p. 132.

Jacobsthal, Paul. 1934–1936. "The Nekyia Krater in New York." Metropolitan Museum Studies, 5: p. 122, n. 29.

Bandinelli, Ranuccio Bianchi. 1958. Enciclopedia dell'Arte Antica, Classica e Orientale, Vol. 3. p. 141, fig. 172, Rome: Instituto della Enciclopedia Italiana.

Beazley, John D. 1963[1942]. Attic Red-figure Vase-painters, Vols. 1 and 2, 2nd ed. pp. 1265, 1688, no. 15, Add. 1, pp. 1264-66, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

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Kossatz-Deissmann, Anneliese, Brigitte Servais-Soyez, Fulvio Canciani, Giovannangelo Camporeale, Hans Peter Isler, Ingrid Krauskopf, Odette Touchefeu-Meynier, Marcel Le Glay, and Dr. Jean-Charles Balty. 1992. Kentauroi-Oiax, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vol. 6. Mnesteres II, no. 10, Zürich: Artemis Verlag Zurich und Munchen.

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