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Terracotta neck-amphora (jar)

Attributed to the Medea Group
Period:
Archaic
Date:
ca. 520 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; black-figure
Dimensions:
H. 12 3/8 in. (31.5 cm) diameter of mouth 5 9/16 in. (14.1 cm) diameter of foot 4 7/16 in. (11.2 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1956
Accession Number:
56.171.21
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 155
Obverse, Herakles and Triton
Reverse, courting scene

Herakles wrestling the sea creature Triton was a particularly appropriate decoration for hydriai (water jars). Though the observers are not central to the action, it is interesting to see how they are treated. When they stand and watch, they seem to be onlookers at the scene. When they sit, as here, they seem to be and audience listening to a story.
von Bothmer, Dietrich. 1962. "Painted Greek Vases." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, 21(1): pp. 3-4, fig. 3.

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.

von Bothmer, Dietrich and Alan L. Boegehold. 1985. The Amasis Painter and His World: Vase-Painting in Sixth-Century B.C. Athens. pp. 148-49, fig. 88, Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum.

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. 1992. Kentauroi-Oiax, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vol. 6. Nereus, no. 109, Zürich: Artemis Verlag Zurich und Munchen.

Gontar, Cybèle. 2003. "The Campeche Chair in the Metropolitan Museum of Art." Metropolitan Museum Journal, 38: pp. 191-3, fig. 16.

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