Terracotta cup with appliqués

Greek, Pergamene

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 164

Applied decoration: the infant Herakles strangling the snakes, amphora with a lid, Eros holding a torch

Pergamene appliqué pottery, with its lustrous glaze and large repertoire of applied mold-made reliefs, is one of the finest ceramic creations of the Hellenistic period. Even as a baby, Herakles possessed great strength. The snakes he is strangling in this image were sent by the goddess Hera to kill him when she found out that his father, Zeus, had been unfaithful to her with the mortal Alkmene of Thebes.

Terracotta cup with appliqués, Terracotta, Greek, Pergamene

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