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Terracotta amphora (jar)

Attributed to the Group of Toronto 305
Period:
Archaic
Date:
ca. 520 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; black-figure
Dimensions:
H. 21 5/16 in. (54.2 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Leonard A. Cohn, 1941
Accession Number:
41.85
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Obverse, Athena mounting chariot, with Herakles and gods
Reverse, warriors' departure

The scene on the reverse is interesting for the way in which the painter suggests depth by showing one figure behind and almost covering the other. The rider is leading an unmounted horse to his left. Similarly, at the right, the hoplite stands in front of an archer, recognizable by his bow.
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. pp. 59, 200, pl. 40e, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Beazley, John D. 1978[1956]. Attic Black-Figure Vase-Painters. p. 391, no. 1 middle, New York: Hacker Art Books.

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. 1988. Eros-Herakles, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vol. 4. Herakles, no. 2893, Zürich: Artemis Verlag Zurich und Munchen.

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