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Terracotta neck-amphora (jar)

Attributed to the Affecter
ca. 550–540 B.C.
Greek, Attic
Terracotta; black-figure
H. as restored 16 15/16 in. (43.1 cm)
H. as preserved 10 11/16 in. (27.2 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1907
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Obverse, Hermes and woman between men
Reverse, Hermes and warrior between men
Under the handles, horseman and Bellerophon on Pegasos

The scenes on the body are certainly connected. Hermes brings together a warrior and a woman, who, as indicated by the cloak that covers her head, is married. The aggressive posture of the warrior suggests that he is Menelaos reclaiming his wife, Helen, at Troy. The horseman and bird under one handle may allude to Troilos, the Trojan prince ambushed by Achilles.
Said to be from Orvieto

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1925. "Votive Gifts to Artemis Orthia." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 20(6): p. 157.

Beazley, John D. 1956. Attic Black-figure Vase-painters. p. 244, no. 51, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

Beazley, John D. 1971. Paralipomena: Additions to Attic Black-Figure Vase-Painters and to Attic Red-Figure Vase-Painters [2nd edition]. p. 110, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

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. 1990. Herakles-Kenchrias, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vol. 5. Hermes, nos. 731b, 765a, Zürich: Artemis Verlag.

Moore, Mary B. 2013. "Herakles Takes Aim: A Rare Attic Black-Figured Neck-Amphora Attributed to the Princeton Painter." Metropolitan Museum Journal, 48: p. 51 n. 7.

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