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Terracotta amphora (jar)

Attributed to the Princeton Painter
ca. 500–490 B.C.
Greek, Attic
Terracotta; black-figure
H. 15 1/8 in. (38.4 cm) diameter of mouth 6 7/8 in. (17.5 cm) diameter of foot 5 15/16 in. (15.1 cm)
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1956
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 154
Obverse, battle scene with quadriga (4-horse chariot)
Reverse, departing warriors

Battle scenes like the one on this amphora would have brought to mind Homeric passages such as this:

As inhuman fire sweeps on in fury through the deep angles
of a drywood mountain and sets ablaze the depth of
the timber and the blustering wind lashes the flame
along, so Achilleus swept everywhere with his spear
like something more than a mortal harrying them as
they died, and the black earth ran blood.

(Iliad, book 20, lines 490-94).
von Bothmer, Dietrich. 1957. "Greek Vases from the Hearst Collection." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, 15(7): pp. 166, 169.

Moore, Mary B. 2001. "Andokides and a Curious Attic Black-Figured Amphora." Metropolitan Museum Journal, 36: pp. 29-30, fig. 22.

Moore, Mary B. 2007. "The Princeton Painter in New York." Metropolitan Museum Journal, 42: pp. 27, 29, 38-41, 43-45, figs. 30-1.

Moore, Mary B. 2013. "Herakles Takes Aim: A Rare Attic Black-Figured Neck-Amphora Attributed to the Princeton Painter." Metropolitan Museum Journal, 48: pp. 48, 54, n. 57,55. n. 63.

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