Quantcast
Videos ()
Historic Images of the Greek Bronze Age: The Reproductions of E. Gilliéron and Son

Close

Terracotta amphora (jar)

Period:
Archaic
Date:
ca. 560–550 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; black-figure
Dimensions:
H. 14 5/8 in. (37.2 cm.) Diameter 10 15/16 in. (27.8 cm.)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1941
Accession Number:
41.162.103
  • Description

    Obverse, Herakles battling a centaur
    Reverse, Warrior battling a centaur

    The warrior depicted on the reverse of the vase may be a lapith. The fight of the lapiths, a Thessalian clan usually represented in hoplite armor, and the centaurs was a common depiction in early Archaic Greek Art. The artistic representation of this battle even continued into Roman times and appears in Latin literature, including Ovid's Metamorphoses.

  • 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. 1992. Kentauroi-Oiax, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vol. 6. Zürich: Artemis Verlag Zurich und Munchen, Kentauroi et Kentaurides, no. 166.

  • See also
    What
    Where
    When
    In the Museum
    Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History
254275

Close