Terracotta hydria: kalpis (water jar)

Attributed to the Berlin Painter

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 157

Achilles and Penthesilea

Penthesilea, the queen of the Amazons who assisted the Trojans in the Trojan War, was killed by the Greek hero Achilles. He fell in love with her even as he dealt the mortal blow. The Berlin Painter wraps the figures diagonally around the shoulder of the kalpis. For artistic effect, Penthesilea is disproportionately tall and assumes an unnaturally balletic pose. The composition, however, is admirably appropriate for its placement.

Terracotta hydria: kalpis (water jar), Attributed to the Berlin Painter, Terracotta, Greek, Attic

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