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Terracotta neck-amphora (jar)

Period:
Archaic
Date:
ca. 500 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; black-figure
Dimensions:
H. 13 1/16 in. (33.1 cm); diameter 8 1/8 in. (20.7 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1941
Accession Number:
41.162.212
  • Description

    Obverse, Herakles and the Nemean lion
    Reverse, women at a fountain house

    Although the activities of Athenian women took place primarily within the house, fetching water was an exception. It is noteworthy that the subject is popular on vases of the second half of the sixth century. The implication is that this task was not considered menial. Furthermore, while there were a variety of genre scenes showing men—preparing for battle, participating in symposia, etc.--this is one of the few specific to women.

  • 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. 1988. Eros-Herakles, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vol. 4. Zürich: Artemis Verlag Zurich und Munchen, Herakles, no. 1792.

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