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Terracotta pelike (jar)

Attributed to the Dechter Painter
Late Classical
ca. 360–340 B.C.
Greek, South Italian, Apulian
Terracotta; red-figure
9 1/4 × 6 1/2 in. (23.5 × 16.5 cm) Lip diameter: 4 13/16 in. (12.2 cm) Diam. of foot: 3 3/4 in. (9.5 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of David Nelson, in memory of Mark L. Davison, 1984
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 161
Obverse, Eros, Amymone, and Poseidon. Reverse, woman and two youths

Amymone was rescued from a satyr by Poseidon, god of the sea, who took her for himself. Striking the ground with his trident, he produced a spring that bore Amymone's name. The protagonists are assembled here, together with a rare representation of a feline.
Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae (LIMC). 1981. Vol. 1: Aara-Aphlad. "Amymone," p. 749, no. 89, pl. 608, Zürich: Artemis Verlag.

Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1985. "One Hundred Fifteenth Annual report of the Trustees for the Fiscal Year July 1, 1984 through June 30, 1985." Annual Report of the Trustees of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 115: p. 38.

Trendall, Arthur Dale. 2016. Myth, Drama and Style in South Italian Vase-Painting: Selected Papers by A.D. Trendall, Ian Mcphee, ed. pp. 3, 11, figs. 1–2, Uppsala: Paul Aströms Förlag.

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