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Terracotta neck-amphora (storage jar)

Attributed to the Prometheus Painter
ca. 570–560 B.C.
Greek, Attic
Terracotta; black-figure
Overall: 12 5/16 x 8 1/16in. (31.3 x 20.5cm) diameter 7 3/4in. (19.8cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Christos G. Bastis Gift, 1959
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 152
On the front, the Greek hero Achilles defeats Memnon, an ally of the Trojans who has fallen to one knee. The name Achilles is inscribed. The battling heroes are flanked by their mothers, Eos behind Memnon and Thetis behind Achilles. During the first half of the sixth B.C. Attic vase-painters often combined mythological scenes with friezes of strolling animals.
Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1960. "Ninetieth Annual Report of the Trustees for the Fiscal Year 1959-1960." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, 19(2): p. 44.

von Bothmer, Dietrich. 1961. "Greek Vases in the Recent Accessions Room." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, 19(5): pp. 152-3, fig. 2.

Beazley, John D. 1971. Paralipomena: Additions to Attic Black-Figure Vase-Painters and to Attic Red-Figure Vase-Painters [2nd edition]. p. 40, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

Markoe, Glenn and Nancy J. Serwint. 1985. Animal Style on Greek and Etruscan Vases : An Exhibition at the Robert Hull Fleming Museum. no. 21, pp. 21, 25–27, Burlington, Vermont: Robert Hull Fleming Museum, University of Vermont.

Schmaltz, Bernhard. 1998. "Peplos and Chiton." Jahrbuch des Deutschen Archäologischen Instituts, 113: p. 9 n. 54.

Moore, Mary B. 2013. "Herakles Takes Aim: A Rare Attic Black-Figured Neck-Amphora Attributed to the Princeton Painter." Metropolitan Museum Journal, 48: p. 51, n. 6.

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