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Terracotta amphora (jar)

Related to the Antimenes Painter
Period:
Archaic
Date:
ca. 510 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; black-figure
Dimensions:
H. 23 1/4 in. (59.1 cm); diameter 14 5/8 in. (37.2 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1941
Accession Number:
41.162.174
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Obverse, Athena and Herakles in chariot with gods
Reverse, Dionysos, Artemis, Apollo, Leto, Hermes

The equilibrium achieved in late black-figure amphorae is well represented by this work. There is a balance between light and dark in the areas of glaze and reserve as well as within the panels. The ivy and lotus-palmette ornaments embellish the upper part of the vase, while the zone of rays emphasizes the bottom of the body. The stateliness in the representation is most appropriate to the subject of Herakles' introduction into Mount Olympos.
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. 1984. Aphrodisias-Athena, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vol. 2. Apollon, nos. 777b, 857; Artemis, nos. 1149, 1320, 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. 2900, Zürich: Artemis Verlag Zurich und Munchen.

Klinger, Sonia. 2002. "An Attic Pyxis from the Acropolis in Athens and Some Observations on Deer Escorting Chariots in Attic Vase-Painting." Archäologischer Anzeiger, 2: p. 36, fig. 9.

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