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Terracotta hydria (water jar)

Attributed to an artist related to the Antimenes Painter
ca. 530–520 B.C.
Greek, Attic
Terracotta; black-figure
H. 13 3/4 in. (35 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1923
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
On the body, Herakles and Triton
On the shoulder, combat of warriors between two fleeing woman
In the predella, animals

Triton was a sea-creature born of Poseidon, god of the sea, and Amphitrite. The combat between Poseidon and Herakles was popular during the later sixth century B.C. and is particularly appropriate to hydriai. This encounter has no story but mainly highlights the strength and resourcefulness of Herakles. The warriors on the neck may be Achilles and Memnon, identifiable by their mothers who witnessed the duel.
From the excavations of Lucien Bonaparte at Vulci

Beazley, John D. 1956. Attic Black-figure Vase-painters. p. 280, no. 4, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

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. 1997. Thespiades-Zodiacus, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vol. 8. Triton, no. 4a, Zürich: Artemis Verlag Zurich und Munchen.

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