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Terracotta hydria (water jar)

Attributed to the Painter of London B 76
Period:
Archaic
Date:
ca. 560–550 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; black-figure
Dimensions:
Overall: 15 13/16 x 13 7/8in. (40.1 x 35.2cm) diameter 11 3/8in. (28.9cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1945
Accession Number:
45.11.2
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 155
On the shoulder, Achilles waiting to ambush Troilos and Polyxena

The ambush depicted with verve and eloquence is one of the crucial episodes of the Trojan War. Troilos and Polyxena were children of Priam, the king of Troy. Achilles' stature is indicated by his height in relation to the fountain house and by the scale of his weapons. The raven foretells Troilos's imminent death. The youth appears lithe and lanky. His two noble horses will not save him from his fate.
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1945. "Greek Painting: Four Newly Acquired Vases." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, 3(7): p. 167.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. pp. 41, 188, pl. 28b, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Beazley, John D. 1978[1956]. Attic Black-Figure Vase-Painters. pp. 85-86, 683, no. 2 bottom, Add. 1, p. 85, New York: Hacker Art Books.

von Bothmer, Dietrich. 1978. Antichnoe iskusstvo iz muzeia Metropoliten, Soedinennye Shtaty Ameriki: Katalog vystavki. no. 29, Moscow: Sovetskii Khudozhnik.

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. Achilleus, no. 234, 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. 1994. Oidipous-Theseus, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vol. 7. Seirenes, no. 48, Zürich: Artemis Verlag Zurich und Munchen.

Tölle-Kastenbein, Renate. 1994. Das archaische Wasserleitungsnetz für Athen und seine späteren Bauphasen. p. 90, Mainz am Rhein: Verlag Philipp von Zabern.

Hedreen, Guy Michael. 2001. Capturing Troy: The Narrative Functions of Landscape in Archaic and Early Classical Greek Art. pp. 122, 127, 131, 142, 167-9, 171-2, 224, fig. 31, Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.

Schmidt, Gudrun. 2002. "Rabe und Krähe in der Antike : Studien zur archäologischen und literarischen Überlieferung. Ph.D. diss." Ph.D. Diss. p. 74, 76, fig. 19. Reichert.

Moore, Mary B. 2004. "Horse Care as Depicted on Greek Vases before 400 B.C." Metropolitan Museum Journal, 39: pp. 35, 48, fig. 24.

Hedreen, Guy Michael, Prof. Jenifer Neils, and Ralf von den Hoff. 2009. "Achilles Beyond the Iliad." Heroes: Mortals and Myths in Ancient Greece, Sabine Albersmeier, ed. pp. 44-45, fig. 16, Baltimore: Walters Art Museum.

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