Terracotta amphora (jar)

Attributed to the manner of the Lysippides Painter

Period: Archaic

Date: ca. 530 B.C.

Culture: Greek, Attic

Medium: Terracotta; black-figure

Dimensions: H. 16 5/16 in. (41.5 cm)
diameter of mouth 6 15/16 in. (17.7 cm)
diameter of foot 5 7/16 in. (13.8 cm)

Classification: Vases

Credit Line: Fletcher Fund, 1956

Accession Number: 56.171.14


The Lysippides Painter was a follower of Exekias who specialized in large pots. At the end of the sixth century B.C., such pieces tended to show few figures starkly presented or crowded scenes with complex groupings. The combat here epitomizes the capacity of Greek art to depict the essentials so that a scene remains forceful and meaningful for all time.