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Terracotta neck-amphora (jar)

Attributed to the Medea Group
ca. 520 B.C.
Greek, Attic
Terracotta; black-figure
H. 12 3/8 in. (31.5 cm) diameter of mouth 5 9/16 in. (14.1 cm) diameter of foot 4 7/16 in. (11.2 cm)
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1956
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 155
Obverse, Herakles and Triton
Reverse, courting scene

Herakles wrestling the sea creature Triton was a particularly appropriate decoration for hydriai (water jars). Though the observers are not central to the action, it is interesting to see how they are treated. When they stand and watch, they seem to be onlookers at the scene. When they sit, as here, they seem to be and audience listening to a story.
von Bothmer, Dietrich. 1962. "Painted Greek Vases." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 21(1): pp. 3–4, fig. 3.

Beazley, John D. 1971. Paralipomena: Additions to Attic Black-Figure Vase-Painters and to Attic Red-Figure Vase-Painters [2nd edition]. p. 141, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

von Bothmer, Dietrich and Alan L. Boegehold. 1985. The Amasis Painter and His World: Vase-Painting in Sixth-Century B.C. Athens. pp. 148-49, fig. 88, Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum.

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. Nereus, no. 109, Zürich: Artemis Verlag Zurich und Munchen.

Gontar, Cybèle. 2003. "The Campeche Chair in the Metropolitan Museum of Art." Metropolitan Museum Journal, 38: pp. 191–93, fig. 16.

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