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Terracotta amphora (jar)

Attributed to Group E
ca. 540 B.C.
Greek, Attic
Terracotta; black-figure
H. 15 3/4 in. (40 cm) diameter of mouth 6 7/8 in. (17.4 cm) diameter of foot 6 1/8 in. (15.5 cm)
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1956
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 155
Obverse, Theseus and the Minotaur
Reverse, frontal chariot

The confrontation between Theseus and the Minotaur (part-man, part-bull) is a subject favored by Group E. Though slow-moving, the figures indicate a more complex rendering of spatial relations than previously. The white object in the Minotaur's hand is a stone, traditionally the weapon of adversaries considered by the Greeks to be less civilized than themselves.
von Bothmer, Dietrich. 1962. "Painted Greek Vases." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, 21(1): pp. 3, 6.

Beazley, John D. 1971. Paralipomena: Additions to Attic Black-Figure Vase-Painters and to Attic Red-Figure Vase-Painters [2nd edition]. p. 55, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1980. The Horses of San Marco: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, February 1-June 1, 1980, New York. no. 13, p. 4, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Moore, Mary B. 2001. "Andokides and a Curious Attic Black-Figured Amphora." Metropolitan Museum Journal, 36: pp. 25–26, 28, fig. 15.

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