Terracotta Nolan neck-amphora (jar), Attributed to the Berlin Painter, Terracotta, Greek, Attic

Terracotta Nolan neck-amphora (jar)

Attributed to the Berlin Painter
ca. 470–465 B.C.
Greek, Attic
Terracotta; red-figure
H. 14 1/16 in. (35.7 cm)
diameter 7 3/4 in. (19.7 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1941
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 157
Obverse, Poseidon
Reverse, youth

By some accounts, Poseidon was the father of Theseus. The representation here would show father and son—Poseidon, ruler of the sea, and Theseus, the legendary king of Athens.
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Beazley, John D. 1963[1942]. Attic Red-figure Vase-painters, Vols. 1 and 2, 2nd ed. p. 202, no. 80, 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. 1994. Oidipous-Theseus, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vol. 7. Poseidon, no. 148; Theseus, no. 318, Zürich: Artemis Verlag.

Pevnick, Seth D. 2014. Poseidon and the Sea: Myth, Cult, and Daily Life no. 2, p. 119, London: Giles.

Padgett, J. Michael. 2017. The Berlin Painter and His World : Athenian Vase-Painting in the Early Fifth Century B.C. p. 379, New Haven: Yale University Press.