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Terracotta stamnos (jar)

Attributed to the Copenhagen Painter or the Syriskos Painter
ca. 480 B.C.
Greek, Attic
Terracotta; red-figure
H. 14 3/8 in. (36.5 cm); diameter of mouth 8 3/4 in. (22.2 cm); diameter of foot 5 15/16 in. (15.1 cm)
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1956
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Obverse, men and women
Reverse, men and youths

The Copenhagen and Syriskos Painters were characterized by J. D. Beazley, the authority on Greek vase-painting, as "brothers." They belonged to the same workshop, and in some cases as in this stamnos, Beazley was unable to make an attribution to one or the other. Some scholars have speculated that they were one artist.
The subject matter shows two aspects of an Athenian citizen's life. The obverse, depicting a seated man with staff or scepter and phiale and a woman with an oinochoe, presents a solemn scene of offering. On the reverse are men and youths, mentors and future citizens.
Beazley, John D. 1963[1942]. Attic Red-figure Vase-painters, Vols. 1 and 2, 2nd ed. p. 259, no. 1 top, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

von Bothmer, Dietrich. 1984. "A Greek and Roman Treasury." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, 42(1): p. 10.

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