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Black-figure Amphora with Ajax Carrying the Dead Achilles
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Black-figure Amphora with Ajax Carrying the Dead Achilles


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Description The death of Achilles, which occurred after the events recounted in "The Iliad," was described in another epic poem called "The Aethiopis", which has not survived. On the front of this amphora, the dead Achilles is carried from the Trojan battlefield by his comrade, Ajax. In front of Ajax, a woman leads the way and raises her hand to tear at her hair in a gesture of mourning. Two armed warriors follow behind. On the back, two armed horsemen clash on the battlefield, their horses rearing above a fallen warrior trapped beneath them.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
3/29/1989Loan Considerationexamined for loan
Exhibitions
  • Image and Word. The Mitchell Gallery, Annapolis. 1989.
  • Heroes: Mortals and Myths in Ancient Greece. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville; San Diego Museum Of Art, San Diego; Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation (USA), New York. 2009-2011.
Provenance Don Marcello Massarenti Collection, Rome, before 1897 [no. 183]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1902, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters with the Massarenti Collection, 1902

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Period
530-520 BC (Archaic)
Medium
terracotta
(Ceramics)
Accession Number
48.17
Measurements
H: 15 x Diam: 11 in. (38.1 x 27.9 cm)
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