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Terracotta neck-amphora (jar)

Attributed to the Painter of London B 235
ca. 530 B.C.
Greek, Attic
Terracotta; black-figure
H. 13 9/16 in. (34.5 cm)
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1926
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 154
Obverse, Ajax with the body of Achilles
Reverse, the departure of Odysseus from Ithaka

The Iliad of Homer ends while Achilles, the greatest Greek hero, is still alive, but other epic poems describe his death at the gates of Troy and the ensuing battle in which Ajax manages to rescue Achilles' body for proper burial. The subject of Ajax carrying the body of Achilles was popular during the sixth century B.C.
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1927. "Recent Accessions in the Classical Department: Vases and Bronzes." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 22 (1): p. 18.

Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1936[1934]. A Guide to the Collections, Part 1: Ancient and Oriental Art, 2nd edn. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Moore, Mary B. 1980. "Exekias and Telamonian Ajax." American Journal of Archaeology, 84(4): pp. 428 n. 87, 29.

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