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Terracotta neck-amphora (jar)

Attributed to the Affecter
ca. 550–540 B.C.
Greek, Attic
Terracotta; black-figure
H. 15 3/16 in. (38.5 cm); diameter of mouth 6 9/16 in. (16.7 cm)
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1956
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 155
Obverse and reverse, on the shoulder, horseman setting out; on the neck, men pursuing youths; under each handle, Pegasos, the mythical winged horse

The decoration derives entirely from the Athenian man's world. Because one onlooker proffers an aryballos (oil flask), the protagonists in the primary zone may be returning home rather than departing. The scenes on the neck probably pertain to the gymnasium where older trainers mingle with the athletes.
von Bothmer, Dietrich. 1957. "Greek Vases from the Hearst Collection." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, 15(7): pp. 166, 171.

Beazley, John D. 1971. Paralipomena: Additions to Attic Black-Figure Vase-Painters and to Attic Red-Figure Vase-Painters [2nd edition]. p. 110, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

Moore, Mary B. 2013. "Herakles Takes Aim: A Rare Attic Black-Figured Neck-Amphora Attributed to the Princeton Painter." Metropolitan Museum Journal, 48: p. 51, n. 6, n. 7.

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