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Terracotta neck-amphora (jar)

Attributed to the Ptoon Painter
Period:
Archaic
Date:
ca. 570–560 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; black-figure
Dimensions:
Overall: 14 3/4 x 10 3/8in. (37.4 x 26.3cm) diameter of mouth 5 15/16in. (15cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Gift of Eugene Holman, 1959
Accession Number:
59.64
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 155
Obverse, banqueting scene, possibly Dionysos and Ariadne
Reverse, Herakles and Acheloös

By the second quarter of the sixth century B.C., figural subjects and particularly mythological motifs predominated over animal friezes on Attic vases. The man-headed bull on the reverse identifies the scene as Herakles subduing the river-god Acheloös. The banquet on the obverse may depict the god of wine, Dionysos, with Ariadne, a daughter of King Minos of Crete. Dionysos married her after she was abandoned by the Athenian hero Theseus.
Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1959. "Eighty-Ninth Annual Report of the Trustees for the Fiscal Year 1958-59." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, 18(2): p. 37.

Beazley, John D. 1971. Paralipomena: Additions to Attic Black-Figure Vase-Painters and to Attic Red-Figure Vase-Painters [2nd edition]. p. 31, 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. 1981. Aara-Aphlad, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vol. 1. Acheloos, no. 214, Zürich: Artemis Verlag Zurich und Munchen.

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. 1988. Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vol. 4: Eros-Herakles. Herakles, p. 814, Zürich: Artemis Verlag Zurich und Munchen.

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. 1994. Oidipous-Theseus, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vol. 7. Oineus I, no. 2, Zürich: Artemis Verlag Zurich und Munchen.

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