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Terracotta oinochoe (jug)

Attributed near the Altenburg Class
ca. 515 B.C.
Greek, Attic
Terracotta; black-figure
H. 10 15/16 in. (27.8 cm); diameter of foot 3 1/16 in. (7.7 cm)
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1956
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Herakles and Pholos

While Herakles was performing his labor to capture the Erymanthean Boar, the centaur Pholos received him. Pholos provided food but hesitated to offer wine, as it belonged to all the centaurs. Herakles insisted, however, and this representation shows him removing a large flat stone from the mouth of a storage jar. The body of the jar was buried in the ground. The fragrance of the wine attracted the other centaurs, and a melee ensued.
von Bothmer, Dietrich. 1957. "Greek Vases from the Hearst Collection." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, 15(7): pp. 166, 172.

Beazley, John D. 1971. Paralipomena: Additions to Attic Black-Figure Vase-Painters and to Attic Red-Figure Vase-Painters [2nd edition]. p. 182, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

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