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Terracotta neck-amphora (jar)

Attributed to the Ixion Painter

Period:
Late Classical
Date:
ca. 330–310 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, South Italian, Campanian
Medium:
Terracotta; red-figure
Dimensions:
H. 24 3/4 in. (62.9 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1906
Accession Number:
06.1021.239
  • Description

    On the body, obverse, Hippolytos, attendant, and Phaidra, with a Fury above
    Reverse, two youths
    On the neck, obverse and reverse, youth

    The Ixion Painter drew on many sources, including drama and mythology, for his vases. The representation her shows Hippolytos, the son of the Athenian hero Theseus, and his step-mother, Phaidra, seated on the right. She fell in love with the youth, and when he repulsed her advances, she killed herself, leaving a letter incriminating Hippolytos. Theseus believed her allegations and was responsible for his son's death. The Fury here foreshadows the tragic fate of the protagonists. The playwrights Sophokles and Euripides treated the story.

  • References

    Kossatz-Deissmann, Anneleise, Brigitte Servais-Soyez, Fulvio Canciani, Giovannangelo Camporeale, Hans Peter Isler, Ingrid Krauskopf, Odette Touchefeu-Meynier, Marcel Le Glay, and Dr. Jean-Charles Balty. 1981–1999. Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vols. 1-8. Zürich: Artemis Verlag Zurich und Munchen.

    Kossatz-Deissmann, Anneleise, Brigitte Servais-Soyez, Fulvio Canciani, Giovannangelo Camporeale, Hans Peter Isler, Ingrid Krauskopf, Odette Touchefeu-Meynier, Marcel Le Glay, and Dr. Jean-Charles Balty. 1986. Atherion-Eros, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vol. 3. Zürich: Artemis Verlag Zurich und Munchen, Erinys, no. 98.

    Kossatz-Deissmann, Anneleise, Brigitte Servais-Soyez, Fulvio Canciani, Giovannangelo Camporeale, Hans Peter Isler, Ingrid Krauskopf, Odette Touchefeu-Meynier, Marcel Le Glay, and Dr. Jean-Charles Balty. 1990. Herakles-Kenchrias, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vol. 5. Zürich: Artemis Verlag Zurich und Munchen, Hippolytos I, no. 78.

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