Terracotta amphora (jar)

Attributed to the Lysippides Painter

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 155

Obverse, introduction of Herakles to Mount Olympos
Reverse, combat of two warriors over a third

Herakles was the only hero to be introduced among the gods. He had a divine father, Zeus, and a mortal mother. He is shown here with his protectress, Athena, mounting the chariot, and with Dionysos, Kore, and Hermes. This scene allowed the combination of three subjects popular at the time—Dionysos, chariots, and Herakles.

Terracotta amphora (jar), Attributed to the Lysippides Painter, Terracotta, Greek, Attic

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