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Terracotta neck-amphora (jar)

Period:
Archaic
Date:
ca. 500 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; black-figure
Dimensions:
H. 13 1/16 in. (33.1 cm); diameter 8 1/8 in. (20.7 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1941
Accession Number:
41.162.212
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Obverse, Herakles and the Nemean lion
Reverse, women at a fountain house

Although the activities of Athenian women took place primarily within the house, fetching water was an exception. It is noteworthy that the subject is popular on vases of the second half of the sixth century. The implication is that this task was not considered menial. Furthermore, while there were a variety of genre scenes showing men—preparing for battle, participating in symposia, etc.--this is one of the few specific to women.
Hoppin, James C. and Albert Gallatin. 1926. Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum, USA 1, Hoppin and Gallatin Collections. pp. 86–87, Gallatin pl. 38.1a–b, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University 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. 1988. Eros-Herakles, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vol. 4. Herakles, no. 1792, Zürich: Artemis Verlag.

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