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Megarian bowl, fragmentary

Period:
Hellenistic
Date:
2nd century B.C.
Culture:
Greek
Medium:
Terracotta
Dimensions:
3 1/2 in. (8.9 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Purchase, Mr. and Mrs. Stuart Tray Gift, 1980
Accession Number:
1980.11.2a–c
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
All but one of the figures on this bowl are inscribed. From left to right, the Cretan king Idomeneus attacks Phaistos as he steps into his chariot. To right of this vignette, Athena and Ares sit on rocks, facing a personification of the river Skamandros, while observing a fight between Agammenon and a now nameless Trojan foe. The subject matter on this bowl closely follows an episode in book V of Iliad, in which Athena exhorts Ares, the god of war, to remain neutral during the specific duals of the Trojan conflict that took place between the characters mentioned above. As in Homer's text, the two Olympians observe the fighting from the banks of the river Skamandros, a detail that confirms the subject matter depicted on the bowl.
von Bothmer, Dietrich and Joan R. Mertens. 1979. "Greek and Roman Art." Notable Acquisitions (Metropolitan Museum of Art), No. 1979/1980. New York.

Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1980. "One Hundred Tenth Annual Report of the Trustees for the Fiscal Year July 1, 1979 through June 30, 1980." Annual Report of the Trustees of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, No. 110: p. 37.

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