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Terracotta stamnos (storage jar)

Attributed to an artist related in style to the Antimenes Painter
Period:
Archaic
Date:
ca. 525–500 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; black-figure
Dimensions:
H. 11 7/8 in. (30.2 cm) diameter 7 1/16 in. (17.9 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1956
Accession Number:
56.171.27
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 153
Obverse, athletes
Reverse, warriors departing

Athletics were among the most important pursuits of Athenian youths and therefore appear frequently on vases. The scene here was probably quite typical in a gymnasium. Two young men with spears converse with another who holds a diskos. An older man, perhaps a trainer, appears at the right.
von Bothmer, Dietrich. 1957. "Greek Vases from the Hearst Collection." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, 15(7): pp. 166, 173.

Beazley, John D. 1971. Paralipomena: Additions to Attic Black-Figure Vase-Painters and to Attic Red-Figure Vase-Painters [2nd edition]. p. 123, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

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