Attic Black-Figure Panel-Amphora Type B

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Attic Black-Figure Panel-Amphora Type B


Attributed to the Medea Group (Greek (Attic), active 530 - 510 B.C.)


Greek (Attic)


Athens, Greece (Place created)


530 - 520 B.C.




34 × 22.1 cm (13 3/8 × 8 11/16 in.)

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A centaur turns around to face the hero Herakles, who attacks him from behind with a club. From either side a woman and an old man watch the conflict. The scene shown probably comes from the story of the rape of Deianeira. Pretending to aid the couple on a journey, the centaur Nessos attempted to carry off Herakles' wife Deianeira. The woman and old man are probably Deianeira and her father Oineus.

The back of the vase depicts a scene from daily life. Four nude athletes train at several sports: three youths throw the javelin and the discus, and the youth at the right holds jumping weights. Athletic training was an essential part of a youth's education in ancient Greece.

- 1974

Elie Borowski, Polish, 1913 - 2003 (Basel, Switzerland), sold to Milton D. Heifetz, 1974.

1974 - 1988

Milton D. Heifetz (Beverly Hills, California), sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1988.

Athletes in Antiquity: Works from the Collection of the J. Paul Getty Museum (February 1 to April 15, 2002)
  • Utah Museum of Fine Arts (Salt Lake City), February 1 to April 15, 2002
The Centaur's Smile: The Human Animal in Early Greek Art (October 11, 2003 to May 16, 2004)
  • Princeton University Art Museum (Princeton), October 11, 2003 to January 18, 2004
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, February 22 to May 16, 2004

"Recent Acquisition: Sculpture and Works of Art." The J. Paul Getty Museum Calendar (September 1988), under "Recent Acquisitions", ill.

"Acquisitions/1988." The J. Paul Getty Museum Journal 17 (1989), p. 112, no. 19.

"U.S. Museum Acquisitions." Minerva 1, 6 (1990), pp. 43-47, p. 47; fig. 8.

Grossman, Janet Burnett. Athletes in Antiquity: Works from the Collection of the J. Paul Getty Museum, exh. cat. (Salt Lake City, UT: Utah Museum of Fine Arts, 2002), p. 30.

Johnston, Alan. Trademarks on Greek Vases: Addenda. (Warminster: Aris & Phillips, 2006), p.66, type 40A, 1a.

Walton, M., K. Trentelman, I. Cianchetta, J. Maish, D. Saunders, B. Foran, and A. Mehta. "Zn in Athenian Black Gloss Ceramic Slips: A Trace Element Marker for Fabrication Technology." Journal of the American Ceramic Society 98, no. 2 (February 2015), pp. 430-1, ill.