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Terracotta stamnos (jar)

Attributed to the Altamura Painter
ca. 470 B.C.
Greek, Attic
Terracotta; red-figure
H. 15 3/16 in. (38.5 cm); diameter mouth 9 7/16 in. (24 cm); diameter foot 7 1/4 in. (18.5 cm)
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1956
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 156
Obverse, Peleus wrestles with the sea nymph Thetis while her two companions flee
Reverse, two sea nymphs approach their father, Nereus

Both Zeus and Poseidon desired Thetis; but, after they learned that she was fated to bear a son who would be stronger than his father, she was married off to Peleus, a mortal. As Peleus tried to catch her, she evaded him by changing into many different forms. Here, however, he has finally secured his bride, the future mother of the great hero Achilles.
von Bothmer, Dietrich. 1957. "Greek Vases from the Hearst Collection." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, 15(7): pp. 166, 177.

Beazley, John D. 1963[1942]. Attic Red-figure Vase-painters, Vols. 1 and 2, 2nd ed. p. 593, no. 45, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

Beazley, John D. 1971. Paralipomena: Additions to Attic Black-Figure Vase-Painters and to Attic Red-Figure Vase-Painters [2nd edition]. p. 394, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

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. 79, Zürich: Artemis Verlag Zurich und Munchen.

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