Terracotta neck-amphora (jar) with twisted handles,

Attributed to the Kleophrades Painter

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.

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 157

Public Domain

Object Details

Attributed to the Kleophrades Painter

Period: Archaic

Date: ca. 490–480 B.C.

Culture: Greek, Attic

Medium: Terracotta; red-figure

Dimensions: H. 18 5/8 in. (47.3 cm)

Classification: Vases

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1913

Accession Number: 13.233

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