Terracotta oinochoe (jug)

Attributed to the Disney Painter

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171

Archer, probably Odysseus

In the Odyssey, Homer recounted the homecoming of the Greek hero Odysseus after years of wandering at the end of the Trojan War. He found his house filled with suitors for the hand of his wife, Penelope, and managed single-handedly to kill them with his powerful bow and arrows. The archer on this vase probably can be identified as Odysseus, because of his obviously unkempt hair, an indication of the vicissitudes the hero had undergone. Moreover, a similar figure appears on several more complete ancient representations of the scene.

Terracotta oinochoe (jug), Attributed to the Disney Painter, Terracotta, Greek, Attic

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