Bail–amphora (jar), ca. 330–310 b.c.; red–figure
Attributed to the Ixion Painter
Greek, South Italian, Campanian
Terracotta; H. 24 3/4 in. (62.9 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1906 (06.1021.240)
Obverse: Bellerophon and the chimaera
Reverse: two youths
The Ixion Painter was the foremost Campanian artist of the later fourth century B.C., and the bail-amphora was favored in that region. The painter exploited the awkward, narrow verticality to depict Pegasos and Bellerophon airborne above the wounded chimaera. This mythical creature had a lion's body, a goat's forepart on its back, and a snake's tail.