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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1927.154
People
Near to The Athena Painter, Greek
Title
Oinochoe (wine pitcher): Two Warriors in Combat; Hermes and Giant (?)
Classification
Vessels
Work Type
vessel
Date
500 BCE-480 BCE
Places
Creation Place: Ancient & Byzantine World, Europe, Attica
Period
Archaic period, Late, to Early Classical
Culture
Greek
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/291169
Location
Level 3, Room 3610, University Teaching Gallery
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Physical Descriptions
Medium
Terracotta, white ground
Technique
Black-figure
Dimensions
25.3 x 14 cm (9 15/16 x 5 1/2 in.)
Provenance
Edward Perry Warren, Esq., London (by 1927), gift; to the Fogg Art Museum, 1927.
State, Edition, Standard Reference Number
Standard Reference Number
Beazley Archive Database #330836
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift of Edward P. Warren, Esq.
Accession Year
1927
Object Number
1927.154
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
Black-figure oinochoe with trefoil mouth. White ground panel on the front of the vessel depicts two figures in combat: Hermes and a giant. On the left, Hermes lunges forward, plunging his sword into the nude, bearded giant who turns to look back at his attacker as he falls to his knee. He holds a rounded shield in defense and wears a Corinthian helmet pushed back on his head. Engaged in action, Hermes wears a short chiton, cloak, high boots, and a petasos. A small lion leaps towards the giant from Hermes' feet.

The vessel is intact with added red details throughout including Hermes' beard, spear, and patterning on his cloak. The white ground panel is banded on the top and both sides by several rows of ornamental patterns. Red stripes circle the neck, lower body, and edge of the foot.
Publication History

Joseph Clark Hoppin and Albert Gallatin, Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum, U.S.A.: volume 1, Hoppin and Gallatin Collections, Libraire Ancienne Edouard Champion (Paris, 1926)

J. D. Beazley, Attic Black-figure Vases, The Clarendon Press (Oxford, England, 1956)

Thomas Carpenter, Thomas Mannack, and Melanie Mendonca, ed., Beazley addenda : additional references to ABV, ARV² & Paralipomena, Oxford University Press (UK) (Oxford, 1989)

Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae (LIMC), Artemis (Zürich, Switzerland, 1999), Vol. 4, Gigantes 295; Vol. 5, Hermes 827.

Emamanuel Abetel, La Gigantomachie de Lousonna-Vidy (Lausanne, 2007)

Exhibition History

32Q: 3620 University Study Gallery, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 08/22/2016 - 01/08/2017

A Colloquium in the Visual Arts , Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 09/04/2021 - 01/02/2022

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