Attic red-figure amphora with Atalanta and Meleager - ROM2018_16705_2


Attic red-figure amphora with Atalanta and Meleager

Maker: Attributed to the Meleager Painter
Medium:Wheel-thrown earthenware, slip-painted
Geography: Made in Athens, Greece; acquired in Palermo, Sicily
Date: about 400 BC
Period: Greek Classical period
51.3 x 25.7 cm
Object number: 919.5.35.A
Credit Line: Sigmund Samuel Collection
On view
Gallery Location:Gallery of Greece

This Athenian neck-amphora (wine jar) is decorated in red-figure technique with figures from Greek mythology.

In the centre on one side of the vase is Atlanta, the virgin huntress, who enraged many Greek heroes when she, a woman, was the first of them to wound the wild Calydonian Boar. She wears the typical male clothes, a short tunic (chiton) and cloak (chlamys), and stands on a white block, holding a spear. She faces Meleager, a Greek hero who fell in love with her and presented her with the hide of the Calydonian boar after he finally killed it, earning him the hatred of the other heroes. Here Meleager is shown sitting on a rock, naked and wearing a wreath and with his cloak (chlamys) draped over his thigh. The pair are surrounded by five hunters with spears and cloaks who sit or stand.

On the other side of the vase three men with staffs, wreaths and cloaks talk together. 

This vase was attributed to the Meleager Painter by Beazley. It was bought together with an ancient lid (919.5.35.B), but this did not originally belong to this amphora.

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