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Terracotta amphora (jar)

Attributed to the Antimenes Painter
ca. 530–520 B.C.
Greek, Attic
Terracotta; black-figure
H. 26 in. (66 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Ernest Brummer, 1957
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Obverse, Athena and Herakles in the gigantomachy (battle of gods and giants)
Reverse, Poseidon, Leto, Apollo, Artemis, Dionysos
On the lip, obverse and reverse, chariot races

Of particular interest on this vase is the frieze of racing chariots on the lip. Subordinate bands of figural decoration were introduced at various times and on various shapes in Athenian vase-painting. At the end of the sixth century B.C. and in the early fifth, decoration on the lip occasionally appears, especially on amphorae type A. The most significant instance of this feature in the Museum's collection appears on the amphora signed by the potter Andokides and displayed in the Greek galleries on the main floor.
Beazley, John D. 1971. Paralipomena: Additions to Attic Black-Figure Vase-Painters and to Attic Red-Figure Vase-Painters [2nd edition]. p. 120, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae (LIMC). 1984. Vol. 2: Aphrodisias-Athena. Apollon, no. 858d; Artemis, no. 1155, 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. 1992. Kentauroi-Oiax, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vol. 6. Kyknos I, no. 151, Zürich: Artemis Verlag.

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