- Identification and Creation
- Object Number
Near to The Athena Painter, Greek
- Oinochoe (wine pitcher): Two Warriors in Combat; Hermes and Giant (?)
- Work Type
- 500 BCE-480 BCE
- Creation Place: Ancient & Byzantine World, Europe, Attica
- Archaic period, Late, to Early Classical
- Persistent Link
Level 3, Room 3610, University Teaching Gallery
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- Physical Descriptions
- Terracotta, white ground
- 25.3 x 14 cm (9 15/16 x 5 1/2 in.)
- 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
- Object Number
- Asian and Mediterranean Art
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- 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
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