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Terracotta amphora (jar)

Attributed to the Lysippides Painter
Period:
Archaic
Date:
ca. 520–510 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; black-figure
Dimensions:
H. 20 15/16 in. (53.2 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Gift of Colonel and Mrs. Lewis Landes, 1958
Accession Number:
58.32
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 155
Obverse, introduction of Herakles to Mount Olympos
Reverse, combat of two warriors over a third

Herakles was the only hero to be introduced among the gods. He had a divine father, Zeus, and a mortal mother. He is shown here with his protectress, Athena, mounting the chariot, and with Dionysos, Kore, and Hermes. This scene allowed the combination of three subjects popular at the time—Dionysos, chariots, and Herakles.
von Bothmer, Dietrich. 1961. "Greek Vases in the Recent Accessions Room." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, 19(5): p. 154, fig. 4.

Beazley, John D. 1963[1942]. Attic Red-Figure Vase-Painters, Vols. 1 and 2, 2nd ed. p. 2, bottom, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

Moore, Mary B. 1985. "The West Frieze of the Siphnian Treasury: A New Reconstruction." Bulletin de Correspondance Hellénique, 109(1): pp. 136 n. 25, 152 n. 69.

Mackay, Anne. 1996. "Time and Timelessness in the Traditions of Early Greek Oral Poetry and Archaic Vase-Painting." Voice into Text: Orality and Literacy in Ancient Greece, Mnemosyne Supplement: p. 45 n. 10.

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