Attic Black-Figure Panel-Amphora Type B

Attributed to the Medea Group530 - 520 B.C.

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum

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.

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  • Title: Attic Black-Figure Panel-Amphora Type B
  • Creator: Attributed to the Medea Group
  • Date: 530 - 520 B.C.
  • Location Created: Athens, Greece
  • Physical Dimensions: 34 x 22.1 cm (13 3/8 x 8 11/16 in.)
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Terracotta
  • Source Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Villa Collection, Malibu, California
  • Object Type: Amphora
  • Object Status: Permanent Collection
  • Number: 88.AE.24
  • Markings: Graffito under the foot; Johnston's type 40A; three convergent triangles.
  • Inscription: Three convergent triangles (graffito incised under foot).
  • Display Location: Currently on view at: Getty Villa, Gallery 109, Mythological Heroes
  • Department: Antiquities
  • Culture: Greek (Attic)
  • Classification: Vessels