Terracotta neck-amphora with twisted handles (jar)
Attributed to the Pilos Head Group
ca. 350–325 B.C.
Greek, South Italian, Campanian
H. 10 7/16 in. (26.5 cm)
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 161
Obverse, young warrior seated on an altar and bearded warrior. Reverse, youth On the neck, obverse, head of youth with pilos (pointed cap). Reverse, female head
The protagonist of the main scene has been identified as either Orestes, son of Agamemnon and Klytemnestra, or Neoptolemos, son of Achilles and Deidameia. In one account, both men vied for the hand of Hermione, daughter of Menelaos and Helen, resulting in Orestes' murder of Neoptolemos. The representation poignantly conveys the misfortune visited upon the children of Greece's greatest heroes.