Terracotta neck-amphora (jar)

Attributed to the Diosphos Painter

Period: Archaic

Date: ca. 500 B.C.

Culture: Greek, Attic

Medium: Terracotta; black-figure

Dimensions: H. 7 3/16 in. (18.3 cm)
diameter of mouth 3 7/16 in. (8.7 cm)
diameter of foot 2 5/8 in. (6.6 cm)

Classification: Vases

Credit Line: Fletcher Fund, 1956

Accession Number: 56.171.25


The scenes on this jar show two great heroes of the Trojan War being lifted from the battlefield after their deaths. Sarpedon, a son of the god Zeus, will be carried to Lycia, his homeland in southern Asia Minor, and Memnon, to his kingdom in Ethiopia.