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Terracotta neck-amphora (jar)

Attributed to the Diosphos Painter
ca. 500 B.C.
Greek, Attic
Terracotta; black-figure
H. 7 7/16 in. (18.9 cm) diameter of mouth 3 3/16 in. (8.1 cm) diameter of foot 2 5/16 in. (5.9 cm)
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1956
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 154
Obverse, Aeneas rescuing his father, Anchises, during the fall of Troy
Reverse, woman and warrior

Aeneas carrying his aged father, Anchises, away from Troy at the end of the Trojan War was a much illustrated incident. It derived from the Iliu Persis, an epic poem describing the Greek victory. The adventures of the Trojan hero on his way to Italy were later celebrated in Virgil's Aeneid.
von Bothmer, Dietrich. 1962. "Painted Greek Vases." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, 21(1): pp. 3, 6, fig. 5.

Beazley, John D. 1971. Paralipomena: Additions to Attic Black-Figure Vase-Painters and to Attic Red-Figure Vase-Painters [2nd edition]. p. 249, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

Woodford, Susan and Margot Loudon. 1980. "Two Trojan Themes: The Iconography of Ajax Carrying the Body of Achilles and of Aeneas Carrying Anchises in Black Figure Vase Painting." American Journal of Archaeology, 84(1): p. 38.

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. Kreousa III, no. 30, Zürich: Artemis Verlag Zurich und Munchen.

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