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Maker(s):Oionokles Painter, attributed to
Culture:Greek, 5th century BCE
Title:Jar (Amphora)
Date Made:475-450 BCE
Type:Ceramic
Materials:Ceramic, red-figure technique
Place Made:Europe; Greece; Athens
Measurements:Overall: 13 1/4 in x 8 in; 33.7 cm x 20.3 cm
Accession Number:  AC 1941.23
Credit Line:Museum purchase
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Currently on view

Label Text:
The richly layered myth of Eos and Kephalos raises themes of longing, deception, fidelity, guilt, and suicide. The scene depicted on this elegant amphora shows only the beginning of the complex story. Here, noble Kephalos, married to an Athenian princess, is captured by the lustful goddess of dawn, Eos, while hunting in the woods. He wears the cloak and sunhat of an outdoorsman and has his trusty hound by his side. After living with Eos for several years, Kephalos, who never stopped pining for his wife, convinces the goddess to let him return home. The story takes many twists and turns, and ends with his wife’s accidental death at Kephalos’s hands and the hero’s remorseful suicide.
PR, 2013

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