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Terracotta amphora (jar)

Attributed to the Swing Painter

Period:
Archaic
Date:
ca. 540–530 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; black-figure
Dimensions:
H. 20 1/4 in. (51.5 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1917
Accession Number:
17.230.8
  • Description

    Obverse and reverse, warrior departing in quadriga (4-horse chariot)

    A soldier bidding farewell to his parents was a popular subject in vase-paintings. Here he has mounted a chariot drawn by four horses; and his charioteer, dressed in a long white and red chiton, prepares to drive him to the battlefield. The great warriors of Homer's Iliad were conducted to and from combat in this way.

  • References

    Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, pp. 59, 200, pl. 40b.

    Beazley, John D. 1978[1956]. Attic Black-Figure Vase-Painters. New York: Hacker Art Books, pp. 307, 693, no. 55, Add. 1, p. 307.

    von Bothmer, Dietrich. 1978. Antichnoe iskusstvo iz muzeia Metropoliten, Soedinennye Shtaty Ameriki: Katalog vystavki. Moscow: Sovetskii Khudozhnik, no. 33.

    Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1980. The Horses of San Marco: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, February 1-June 1, 1980, New York. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, no. 14, p. 4.

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