Terracotta bail-amphora (jar)

Attributed to the Ixion Painter

Period: Hellenistic

Date: ca. 330–310 B.C.

Culture: Greek, South Italian, Campanian

Medium: Terracotta; red-figure

Dimensions: H. 24 3/4 in. (62.9 cm)

Classification: Vases

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1906

Accession Number: 06.1021.240


The Ixion Painter was the foremost Campanian artist of the later fourth century B.C., and the bail-amphora was favored in that region. The painter exploited the awkward, narrow verticality to depict Pegasos and Bellerophon airborne above the wounded chimaera. This mythical creature had a lion's body, a goat's forepart on its back, and a snake's tail.