Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Terracotta oinochoe (jug)

Attributed to the Painter of London B 620
Period:
Archaic
Date:
ca. 520 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; black-figure, white-ground
Dimensions:
H. 9 3/4 in. (24.8 cm) H. with handle 11 1/2 in. (29.2 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Purchase, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, 1946
Accession Number:
46.11.7
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 154
Peleus treed by a lion and a boar

A succession of misadventures brought Peleus, the future father of the hero Achilles, to cower in a treetop. While a guest of King Akastos, Peleus became the target of the queen's unrequited love. Rebuffed, she accused him of trying to seduce her. The enraged king lured Peleus to the deserted slopes of Mount Pelion and left him unarmed against wild beasts until the gods provided a magic knife.
Milne, Marjorie J. 1947. "Peleus and Akastos." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 5(10): pp. 255–60.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. pp. 62, 204, pl. 44e, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Beazley, John D. 1956. Attic Black-figure Vase-painters. p. 434, no. 3, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

Beazley, John D. 1971. Paralipomena: Additions to Attic Black-Figure Vase-Painters and to Attic Red-Figure Vase-Painters [2nd edition]. p. 187, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

von Bothmer, Dietrich. 1978. Antichnoe iskusstvo iz muzeia Metropoliten, Soedinennye Shtaty Ameriki: Katalog vystavki. no. 35, Moscow: Sovetskii Khudozhnik.

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. 1981. (Aara-Aphlad), Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vol. 1. Achilleus, no. 27, Zürich: Artemis Verlag Zurich und Munchen.

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. Peleus, no. 9, Zürich: Artemis Verlag Zurich und Munchen.

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