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Terracotta pelike (jar)

Attributed to the Underworld Painter
ca. 330–310 B.C.
Greek, South Italian, Apulian
Terracotta; red-figure
H. 19 5/8 in. (49.8 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, 1901
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Obverse, woman seated between youth and woman; above, Eros with fillet, woman, and swan
Reverse, woman and seated youth, Eros above

Details such as the Erotes, the woman with a swan, the youth by the laver, and the casket associate the iconography with marriage.
Kossatz-Deissmann, Anneliese, Brigitte Servais-Soyez, Fulvio Canciani, Giovannangelo Camporeale, Hans Peter Isler, Ingrid Krauskopf, Odette Touchefeu-Meynier, Marcel Le Glay, and Dr. Jean-Charles Balty. 1986. Atherion-Eros, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vol. 3. Eros, no. 491, Zürich: Artemis Verlag.

Schauenburg, Konrad. 2000. "Some Remarks on the Underworld Painter." Periplous: Papers on Classical Art and Archaeology Presented to Sir John Boardman, Mr. Gocha R. Tsetskhladze, A. J. N. W. Prag, and Anthony M. Snodgrass, eds. p. 256, London: Thames and Hudson.

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