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Terracotta amphora (jar)

Period:
Archaic
Date:
ca. 560–550 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; black-figure
Dimensions:
H. 14 5/8 in. (37.2 cm.)
Diameter 10 15/16 in. (27.8 cm.)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1941
Accession Number:
41.162.103
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.
March 15, 1915. American Art Association. no. 194.

Hoppin, James C. and Albert Gallatin. 1926. Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum, USA 1, Hoppin and Gallatin Collections. p. 3, Gallatin pl. 2.14, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1963. Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum. United States of America 12. The Metropolitan Museum of Art 3. Attic Black-figured Amphorae. pl. 4, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

Schiffler, Birgitt. 1976. Die Typologie des Kentauren in der antiken Kunst : vom 10. bis zum Ende d. 4. Jhs. v. Chr., Archäologische Studien zum christlichen Altertum und Mittelalter, 4. no. A43, Frankfurt: Peter Lang.

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. 1992. Kentauroi-Oiax, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vol. 6. Kentauroi et Kentaurides, no. 166, Zürich: Artemis Verlag.

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