Terracotta stamnos (jar), Attributed to the Berlin Painter, Terracotta, Greek, Attic

Terracotta stamnos (jar)

Attributed to the Berlin Painter
ca. 490 B.C.
Greek, Attic
Terracotta; red-figure
13 3/4 in. (34.9 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Christos G. Bastis, in honor of Dietrich von Bothmer, 1988
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 157
Obverse, Athena between Hera and Zeus
Reverse, warrior leaving home

The feature common to both sides of this stamnos is the offering of a libation. On the obverse, Athena holds an oinochoe (jug) as Zeus and Hera proffer phialai (libation bowls) to be filled. On the reverse, a young warrior stands between a seated man and a standing woman who holds an oinochoe and a phiale. The libation is poured when the warrior departs in order to insure his safe return. This combination of scenes provides a remarkably graphic illustration of the ancient Athenians' sense that a communality in belief and practice existed between the mortal and divine worlds.
von Bothmer, Dietrich, Bernard V. Bothmer, Pat Getz-Preziosi, Diana Buitron-Oliver, and Andrew Oliver, Jr. 1987. Antiquities from the Collection of Christos G. Bastis, Emma Swan Hall, ed. no. 162, pp. 278-79, figs. 162a-162b, Mainz on Rhine: Verlag Philipp von Zabern.

von Bothmer, Dietrich. 1987. "Greek and Roman Art." Recent Acquisitions (Metropolitan Museum of Art), No. 1987/1988: p. 9.

Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae (LIMC). 1988. Vol. 4: Eros-Herakles. "Hera," p. 685, no. 214, Zürich: Artemis Verlag.

Picón, Carlos A. 2007. Art of the Classical World in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Greece, Cyprus, Etruria, Rome. no. 120, p. 110, 429, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Padgett, J. Michael. 2017. The Berlin Painter and His World : Athenian Vase-Painting in the Early Fifth Century B.C. no. 35, pp. 64 n.123, 275–77, 382, New Haven: Yale University Press.

Gaifman, Milette. 2018. The Art of Libation in Classical Athens. pp. 4–5, 128–31, figs. 0.6, 4.5, New Haven: Yale University Press.