Exhibitions/ Art Object

Terracotta pelike (jar)

Close in style to the Underworld Painter
ca. 330–310 B.C.
Greek, South Italian, Apulian
Terracotta; red-figure
H. 22 1/2 in. (57.2 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1906
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
A woman with a situla and a branch follows a youth holding a phiale and a branch. Eros sits above. They appear to be on their way to perform a ritual, perhaps at the tomb of a woman depicted on the other side of the vase. On the other side is a funerary naiskos (shrine) with a woman and her maid. Outside to the left stands a nude youth with a branch and to the right, a woman.
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1926. Ancient Furniture: A History of Greek, Etruscan, and Roman Furniture. p. 32, fig. 88, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1966. The Furniture of the Greeks, Etruscans and Romans. p. 40, fig. 210, London: Phaidon Press.

Reuterswärd, Patrik. 1980. Studien zur Polychromie der Plastik. p. 94, n. 206, Stockholm: Bokförlaget Svenska.

Schauenburg, Konrad. 2000. "Some Remarks on the Underworld Painter." Periplous: Papers on Classical Art and Archaeology Presented to Sir John Boardman, Mr. Gocha R. Tsetskhladze, A. J. N. W. Prag, and Anthony M. Snodgrass, eds. p. 256, London: Thames and Hudson.

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