Quantcast

Terracotta neck-amphora (jar)

Attributed to the Affecter

Period:
Archaic
Date:
ca. 550–540 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; black-figure
Dimensions:
H. as restored 16 15/16 in. (43.1 cm) H. as preserved 10 11/16 in. (27.2 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1907
Accession Number:
07.286.75
  • Description

    Obverse, Hermes and woman between men
    Reverse, Hermes and warrior between men
    Under the handles, horseman and Bellerophon on Pegasos

    The scenes on the body are certainly connected. Hermes brings together a warrior and a woman, who, as indicated by the cloak that covers her head, is married. The aggressive posture of the warrior suggests that he is Menelaos reclaiming his wife, Helen, at Troy. The horseman and bird under one handle may allude to Troilos, the Trojan prince ambushed by Achilles.

  • Provenance

    Said to be from Orvieto

  • References

    Beazley, John D. 1978[1956]. Attic Black-Figure Vase-Painters. New York: Hacker Art Books, p. 244, no. 51.

    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. 1990. Herakles-Kenchrias, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vol. 5. Zürich: Artemis Verlag Zurich und Munchen, Hermes, nos. 731b, 765a.

  • See also
    Who
    What
    Where
    When
    In the Museum
    Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History
    MetPublications
247955:2

Close