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Terracotta neck-amphora (jar)

Attributed to the Leagros Group
Period:
Archaic
Date:
ca. 510–500 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; black-figure
Dimensions:
H. 15 13/16 in. (40.2 cm); diameter 10 13/16 in. (27.4 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1941
Accession Number:
41.162.179
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Obverse, youth with sword pursuing woman
Reverse, Dionysos and satyrs

The male figure on the obverse has been interpreted as Perseus, the women as possibly daughters of the sea god Nereus. The representation on the reverse is most interesting for the goat that has a satyr-like face. Such creatures indicate that Dionysos was not only the god of wine but that he also had powers over various kinds of human and animal life.
Hoppin, James C. and Albert Gallatin. 1926. Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum, USA 1, Hoppin and Gallatin Collections. p. 87, Gallatin pl. 38.2a–b, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

Beazley, John D. 1956. Attic Black-figure Vase-painters. p. 373, no. 174, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae (LIMC). 1986. Vol. 3: Atherion-Eros. Dionysos, no. 800, Zürich: Artemis Verlag.

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. Perseus, no. 231, Zürich: Artemis Verlag.

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