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Terracotta amphora (jar)

Attributed to the manner of the Lysippides Painter
Period:
Archaic
Date:
ca. 530 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; black-figure
Dimensions:
H. 16 5/16 in. (41.5 cm) diameter of mouth 6 15/16 in. (17.7 cm) diameter of foot 5 7/16 in. (13.8 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1956
Accession Number:
56.171.14
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 155
Obverse, combat between two warriors
Reverse, Dionysos, the god of wine, between two satyrs

The Lysippides Painter was a follower of Exekias who specialized in large pots. At the end of the sixth century B.C., such pieces tended to show few figures starkly presented or crowded scenes with complex groupings. The combat here epitomizes the capacity of Greek art to depict the essentials so that a scene remains forceful and meaningful for all time.
von Bothmer, Dietrich. 1957. "Greek Vases from the Hearst Collection." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, 15(7): pp. 166, 174.

Beazley, John D. 1963[1942]. Attic Red-Figure Vase-Painters, Vols. 1 and 2, 2nd ed. p. 2, bottom, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

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