Attributed to an artist near Exekias
Terracotta; H. 15 7/8 in. (40.3 cm)
Gift of F. W. Rhinelander, 1898 (98.8.13)
Obverse: Apollo between Hermes and goddess
Reverse: Memnon between his Ethiopian squires
In the Trojan War, Memnon, the son of Tithonos and Eos, goddess of the dawn, led a contingent of Ethiopians allied with the Trojans. He was killed by Achilles in a duel watched by their mothers. The present condition of the vase provides insight into the painter's working method. Memnon's shield was drawn with a compassthe circles are evidentand it would have been painted in added white directly onto the clay. Without the white, we can see the cursory sketch that the artist drew for the figure's torso.