Fragment from the neck of a terracotta amphora


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171

Panel with two figures and the arms of a third; panel with one figure

The representation(s) here most probably illustrate a narrative subject. A key to the interpretation lies in the identity of the horizontal shafts held by the figures in both panels. The figure on the right appears to be holding a spear, and he wears a belted garment of diamond shapes alternately reserved and glazed. At the left end of the fragment are the arms of an individual who holds a cup. Susan Langdon has raised the possibility that this is a very early depiction of the blinding of Polyphemos by Odysseus.

Fragment from the neck of a terracotta amphora, Terracotta, Cypriot

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