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Currently on view at: Getty Villa, Gallery 110, Stories of Trojan War
Attic Red-Figured Kylix
Attributed to Brygos Painter (Greek (Attic), active about 490 - 470 B.C.)
Athens, Greece (Place created)
about 490 B.C.
11.2 x 31.4 cm (4 7/16 x 12 3/8 in.)
He must not be seen! I will cover his body, I will wrap him completely in my mantle. No one who loved him could bear to see the dark blood pouring from his nostrils and the raw wound in his breast.
So declared Tekmessa when she discovered the body of her dead lover Ajax in an Athenian tragedy by the playwright Sophokles. Ajax was one of the greatest of the Greek heroes in the
The interior of this
The exterior of the cup presents the events leading to Ajax's suicide. When Achilles was killed, Ajax saved his body from the Trojans, expecting to be rewarded with Achilles' armor. However,
by 1969 - 1986
Walter Bareiss, American, born Germany, 1919 - 2007
and Molly Bareiss, American, 1920 - 2006 (Stamford, Connecticut), donated to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1986.
Poets and Heroes (November 4, 1986 to February 28, 1987)
- Michael C. Carlos Museum of Emory University, (Atlanta), November 4, 1986 to February 28, 1987
Ancient Art from the Permanent Collection (March 16, 1999 to May 23, 2004)
- The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), March 16, 1999 to May 23, 2004
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