Art/ Collection/ Collection/ Art Object
{{img.publicCaption}}

Terracotta Megarian bowl

Period:
Hellenistic
Date:
2nd century B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Boeotian
Medium:
Terracotta
Dimensions:
h. 3 1/4 in. (8.3 cm); w. 5 1/2 in. (14 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Purchase, 1931
Accession Number:
31.11.2
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 161
This vase belongs to a select group of bowls decorated in relief with scenes from epic poetry and from Classical Greek tragedy. Depicted here are five scenes from Euripides's play Iphigenia at Aulis, including inscriptions that identify the figures. Represented are: Agamemnon, who has weakened in his resolve to sacrifice his daughter to Artemis, biding his slave to take a letter to his wife, Clytemnestra, instructing her not to send her daughter to Aulis; Menelaos, Agamemnon's brother, taking the letter from the messenger by force; Menelaos, with the letter in hand, blaming Agamemnon for refusing to go through with the sacrifice; a messenger, bringing news to Agamemnon that Iphigenia has arrived; and the cart that has come from Argos, bearing Queen Clytemnestra and her children, Iphigenia and the little Orestes. The story continued on a second bowl, examples of which are preserved, again with five episodes, concluding with Iphigenia's meeting with Achilles. It is likely that a third bowl brought the story to its conclusion with Iphigenia's sacrifice.
McClees, Helen and Christine Alexander. 1933. The Daily Life of the Greeks and Romans: As Illustrated in the Classical Collections, 5th ed. pp. 18-19, fig. 21, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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.

McClees, Helen and Christine Alexander. 1941. The Daily Life of the Greeks and Romans: As Illustrated in the Classical Collections, 5th ed. pp. 18-19, fig. 21, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. pp. 131, 271, pls. 111a, c, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

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.

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. Aara-Aphlad, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vol. 1. Agamemnon, no. 32, Zürich: Artemis Verlag Zurich und Munchen.

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. 1990. Herakles-Kenchrias, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vol. 5. Iphigeneia, no. 6, Zürich: Artemis Verlag Zurich und Munchen.

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. Menelaos, no. 6a, Zürich: Artemis Verlag Zurich und Munchen.

Related Objects

Terracotta cosmetic vase

Date: 4th quarter of the 6th century B.C. Medium: Terracotta Accession: 1977.11.3 On view in:Gallery 152

Terracotta loutrophoros (ceremonial vase for water)

Date: late 6th century B.C. Medium: Terracotta Accession: 27.228 On view in:Gallery 154

Terracotta askos in the form of a boar

Date: 4th century B.C. Medium: Terracotta Accession: 41.162.46 On view in:Gallery 161

Terracotta oinochoe (jug)

Date: late 10th–early 9th century B.C. Medium: Terracotta Accession: 30.118.1 On view in:Gallery 171

Terracotta oinochoe (jug)

Date: mid-4th century B.C. Medium: Terracotta Accession: 25.190 On view in:Gallery 158