Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Terracotta pelike (jar)

Attributed to the Meidias Painter
Period:
Classical
Date:
ca. 420–410 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; red-figure
Dimensions:
H. 18 7/8 in. (48 cm); diameter 13 11/16 in. (34.8 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Samuel D. Lee Fund, 1937
Accession Number:
37.11.23
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 159
Obverse, Musaios
Reverse, Herakles and Deianeira

The workshop of the Meidias Painter was the major source of large pots during the last two decades of the fifth century B.C. This masterpiece exemplifies his ability to accommodate delicate, elaborate compositions to large, sturdy shapes. Musaios, a mythical musician, is characterized here as Thracian by his long-sleeved tunic and high fur boots. Below him, to the left, appear his wife, Deiope, and his son, Eumolpos. Aphrodite, the goddess of love, is shown with Peitho, the personification of persuasion, in addition to five muses. The idyllic quality of the scene continues on the reverse where Deianeira, the wife of Herakles, reveals herself to her husband. The emphasis is on respite and glory rather than the toils of Herakles' life.
Inscription: The names of the figures are inscribed.
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