Terracotta neck-amphora (jar) with twisted handles

Attributed to the Kleophrades Painter

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 157

Obverse, Apollo; reverse, Herakles: the struggle for the Delphic tripod

In the Archaic tradition, depictions of the struggle for the Delphic tripod emphasize the narrative: Herakles comes to Delphi to carry off the tripod, which is central to the sanctuary's prophetic activity; Apollo, the presiding deity, keeps firm hold of it. By contrast, the Kleophrades Painter emphasizes the protagonists rather than the action: Apollo moves purposefully, asserting himself simply by raising his right hand; Herakles has possession of the tripod, which he appears to defend with his club. The outcome is conveyed by the characterization of the figures.

Terracotta neck-amphora (jar) with twisted handles, Attributed to the Kleophrades Painter, Terracotta, Greek, Attic

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