Terracotta amphora (jar)

Attributed to the Nikoxenos Painter

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171

Obverse and reverse, the death of Priam

Priam, king of Troy, has taken refuge at the altar of Zeus Herkeios. The Greek warrior Neoptolemos attacks with a spear from the left as Hecuba, Priam's wife, gesticulates in despair. The Nikoxenos Painter worked in both black-figure and red-figure. It is interesting that while he employed red-figure for the decoration, the type of amphora is that preferred by black-figure artists.

Terracotta amphora (jar), Attributed to the Nikoxenos Painter, Terracotta, Greek, Attic

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