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Terracotta Nolan neck-amphora (jar)

Attributed to the Phiale Painter
ca. 440–430 B.C.
Greek, Attic
Terracotta; red-figure
H. 13 1/4 in. (33.7 cm); diameter 6 7/8 in. (17.5 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1941
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 159
Obverse, youth with spears pursuing woman
Reverse, woman

Compared with the Achilles Painter whose student he was, the Phiale Painter shows a greater predilection for mythological scenes and active figures. The subject depicted here cannot be certainly identified. It may represent the hero Theseus, who engaged in various amorous pursuits as he made his way from Troizen, where he was born, to Athens.
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. p. 99, Gallatin pl. 55.1a–b, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Padgett, J. Michael. 2017. The Berlin Painter and His World : Athenian Vase-Painting in the Early Fifth Century B.C. pp. 80–81, fig, 25, New Haven: Yale University Press.

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