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Terracotta plaque

Period:
Classical
Date:
ca. 450 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Melian
Medium:
Terracotta
Dimensions:
7 1/8 × 9 11/16 in. (18.1 × 24.6 cm)
Classification:
Terracottas
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1912
Accession Number:
12.229.20
Not on view
Phrixos carried over the sea by a ram

Phrixos and his sister, Helle, were threatened with death by their stepmother, the wife of King Athamas who ruled part of Thessaly. They escaped thanks to a ram with a golden fleece. It was carrying them to Kolchis, the region east of the Black Sea, when Helle drowned in the straits connecting the Sea of Marmara with the Aegean Sea; the straits became known as the Hellespont. This fine relief plaque shows Phrixos alongside the ram and holding its horns, as fish cavort in the sea below.
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1913. "Classical Department: The Accessions of 1912. Sculptures, Terracottas, and Miscellaneous Objects." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 8(8): pp. 175, 177, fig. 4.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1917. Handbook of the Classical Collection. p. 95, fig. 57, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1927. Handbook of the Classical Collection. pp. 141-42, fig. 99, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1930. Handbook of the Classical Collection. pp. 141-42, fig. 99, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. pp. 80, 222, pl. 62c, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1979. Greek Art of the Aegean Islands. no. 176, p. 221, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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. 1994. Oidipous-Theseus, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vol. 7. Phrixos et Helle, no. 11, Zürich: Artemis Verlag.

Karoglou, Kyriaki. 2016. "The Collection of Greek Terracotta Figurines at The Metropolitan Museum of Art." Les Carnets de l’ACoSt, 14: n. 20 [p. 8].

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