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Terracotta amphora (jar)

Attributed to the Group of Brussels R 243

Period:
Archaic
Date:
ca. 540 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; black-figure
Dimensions:
H. 10 9/16 in. (26.9 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1940
Accession Number:
40.11.20
  • Description

    Obverse and reverse, Herakles and the Nemean lion

    Within the elongated shape of the amphora, the panel has been stretched proportionately to accommodate the pair of combatants. Although we know the outcome of the struggle, the artist characterized it effectively by showing man and lion as equally matched.

  • Provenance

    From the excavations of Lucien Bonaparte at Vulci

  • References

    Beazley, John D. 1978[1956]. Attic Black-Figure Vase-Painters. New York: Hacker Art Books, p. 317, no. 1 top.

    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. 1988. Eros-Herakles, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vol. 4. Zürich: Artemis Verlag Zurich und Munchen, Herakles, nos. 1794, 1805.

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