Terracotta amphora (jar)

Greek, Attic

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171

Obverse, Herakles battling a centaur
Reverse, Warrior battling a centaur

The warrior depicted on the reverse of the vase may be a lapith. The fight of the lapiths, a Thessalian clan usually represented in hoplite armor, and the centaurs was a common depiction in early Archaic Greek Art. The artistic representation of this battle even continued into Roman times and appears in Latin literature, including Ovid's Metamorphoses.

Terracotta amphora (jar), Terracotta, Greek, Attic

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