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Terracotta neck-amphora (jar)

Attributed to Group E
Period:
Archaic
Date:
ca. 540 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; black-figure
Dimensions:
H. 14 5/8 in. (37.1 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1956
Accession Number:
56.171.18
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 155
On the body, obverse, Menelaos reclaiming his wife, Helen, after the Trojan War; reverse, flute player and dancers
On the neck, obverse and reverse, horsemen and youths

Group E is the name given to a workshop of painters active during the middle of the sixth century B.C. Exekias, the greatest black-figure artist, began among them, and it is to him that the Group's name refers. Like the neck-amphora by Exekias himself, this one has an ample shape and decoration on the shoulder.
von Bothmer, Dietrich. 1957. "Greek Vases from the Hearst Collection." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, 15(7): pp. 166, 169.

Scherer, Margaret R. 1967[The Metropolitan Museum of Art]. "Helen of Troy." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, New Series: pp. 382-3, fig. 21.

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. 1988. Eros-Herakles, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vol. 4. Helene, no. 305, Zürich: Artemis Verlag Zurich und Munchen.

Gebauer, Jörg. 2002. Pompe und Thysia: Attische Tieropferdarstellungen auf schwarz- und rotfigurigen Vasen. p. 94 n. 420, Münster: Ugarit-Verlag.

Picón, Carlos A. 2007. Art of the Classical World in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Greece, Cyprus, Etruria, Rome no. 88, pp. 85, 422, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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