Terracotta bail-amphora (jar)

Attributed to the Ixion Painter

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 161

Obverse, Bellerophon and the chimaera
Reverse, two youths

The Ixion Painter was the foremost Campanian artist of the later fourth century, and the bail-amphora was favored in that region. The painter exploited the awkward, narrow verticality to depict Pegasos and Bellerophon airborne above the wounded chimaera. This mythical creature had a lion's body, a goat's forepart on its back, and a snake's tail.

Terracotta bail-amphora (jar), Attributed to the Ixion Painter, Terracotta, Greek, South Italian, Campanian

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