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Terracotta stand

Signed by Ergotimos as potter
Signed by Kleitias as painter
ca. 570 B.C.
Greek, Attic
Terracotta; black-figure
H. 2 1/4 in. (5.7 cm) diameter 3 9/16 in. (9 cm)
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1931
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 155
Gorgoneion (Gorgon's face)

Ergotimos and Kleitias signed a large volute-krater, now in the Archaeological Museum, Florence, that is a veritable compendium of Greek mythology, particularly relating to Achilles. This stand is the only other preserved work with their signatures. The three Gorgons were so horrible-looking that whoever saw them turned to stone. In Archaic art, the face is a frequent motif, partly because it fits well into a circular format.
Signature: Signed by Ergotimos as potter and Kleitias as painter

Inscription: Inscribed: "Ergotimos made it" and "Kleitias painted it"
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