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Terracotta neck-amphora (jar)

Attributed to the Medea Group
ca. 520 B.C.
Greek, Attic
Terracotta; black-figure
H. 12 3/4 in. (32.4 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Christos G. Bastis Gift, 1961
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 155
Obverse, Herakles fighting with Amazons
Reverse, combat with two women watching

In this encounter, Herakles confronts two Amazons armed like hoplites (Greek foot soldiers) with spears, while another Amazon, an archer, flees to the left. She wears the tunic and soft leather cap associated with Eastern dress.
Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1962. "Ninety-Second Annual Report of the Trustees for the Fiscal Year 1961-1962." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, 21(2): p. 76.

Beazley, John D. 1971. Paralipomena: Additions to Attic Black-Figure Vase-Painters and to Attic Red-Figure Vase-Painters [2nd edition]. p. 141, 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. Amazones, no. 51, Zürich: Artemis Verlag Zurich und Munchen.

Veness, Ruth. 2002. "Investing the Barbarian? The Dress of Amazons in Athenian Art." Women's Dress in the Ancient Greek World, Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones, ed. p. 98, fig. 2, London: Gerald Duckworth.

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