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Terracotta plaque

Period:
Classical
Date:
ca. 460–450 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Melian
Medium:
Terracotta
Dimensions:
Overall: 7 3/8 x 10 15/16in. (18.7 x 27.8cm)
Classification:
Terracottas
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1930
Accession Number:
30.11.9
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 157
Odysseus returning to Penelope

After years of trial and adventure—recounted in Homer's Odyssey—Odysseus returned to his native Ithaka. He found his wife, Penelope, harassed by suitors who had taken over his palace and were consuming his wealth. Odysseus made his entrance looking like a beggar. Here he is shown approaching the disconsolate Penelope, as the faithful members of his household—his father, Laertes, his son, Telemachos, and the swineherd Eumaios—look on.
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Touchefeu-Meynier, Odette. 1968. Thèmes Odysséens dans l'Art Antique. no. 425 , Paris: E. de Boccard.

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Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1979. Greek Art of the Aegean Islands. no. 180, pp. 224-25, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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. 1981–1999. Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vols. 1-8. Zürich: Artemis Verlag Zurich und Munchen.

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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. 1988. Eros-Herakles, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vol. 4. Eumaios, no. 5, Zürich: Artemis Verlag Zurich und Munchen.

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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. Laertes, no. 1; Odysseus, no. 217a, Zürich: Artemis Verlag Zurich und Munchen.

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