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Greek Black-Figure Amphora - Dionysian & Warrior Scenes
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Ancient Greece, Athens, ca. 520 BCE. A graceful neck amphora of the type B form with a clearly defined lip and neck, a dramatically curved shoulder, and high arched handles, all supported by a torus foot and painted via the black-figure technique with fugitive (added) white pigment. Side A presents a Dionysian scene with Dionysos, the god of wine and revelry, flanked by a pair of dancing maenads, both delineated in profile and facing right, and a pair of aulos-playing satyrs who are depicted opposing one another in profile. Dionysos holds a drinking horn and wears a grapevine wreath atop his head. Copious grapevines with clusters of fruit embellish the scene and confirm the Dionysian theme. Size: 10.875" in Diameter x 17.75" H (27.6 cm x 45.1 cm)

Side B presents a warrior scene. On the far right is Athena with her characteristic Corinthian helmet, large shield, and spear, and at the far left is a cloaked, helmeted figure holding a quiver on the back. The section between these two figures may depict prisoners of war, albeit with losses as shown.

In addition to the aforementioned iconography, this vessel boasts a lovely decorative program comprised of a register of stylized palmettes above each figural scene, and a band of pointed rays rising from the foot.

Ancient Athenian painters, including the painter of this vessel, took advantage of the large size of Attic vases which gave them more room to explore their techniques and present complex interactions between figures.

This piece has been searched against the Art Loss Register database and has been cleared. The Art Loss Register maintains the world's largest database of stolen art, collectibles, and antiques.

Provenance: East Coast collection, New York Gallery, New York City, New York, USA, acquired before 2010

All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back.

A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to recent increases of shipments being seized by Australian & German customs (even for items with pre-UNESCO provenance), we will no longer ship most antiquities and ancient Chinese art to Australia & Germany. For categories of items that are acceptable to ship to Australia or Germany, please contact us directly or work with your local customs brokerage firm.

Display stands not described as included/custom in the item description are for photography purposes only and will not be included with the item upon shipping.

#161480
Condition
Repaired with restoration over the break lines. Areas of loss to decorative program as shown. Repairs across the art with restoration and repainting in areas. Surface wear with scuffs and abrasions. Chips to rim, foot, and underside. Anti-scuff felt pads on foot. Impressed area below one handle. Some areas of nice white fugitive paint remain.
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Greek Black-Figure Amphora - Dionysian & Warrior Scenes

Estimate $22,000 - $33,000
May 19, 2022
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Starting Price $11,000
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0009: Greek Black-Figure Amphora - Dionysian & Warrior Scenes

Sold for $11,000
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Est. $22,000 - $33,000Starting Price $11,000
Antiquities | Ethnographica | Fine Art
May 19, 2022 10:00 AM EDT
Buyer's Premium 26.5%

Lot 0009 Details

Description
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Ancient Greece, Athens, ca. 520 BCE. A graceful neck amphora of the type B form with a clearly defined lip and neck, a dramatically curved shoulder, and high arched handles, all supported by a torus foot and painted via the black-figure technique with fugitive (added) white pigment. Side A presents a Dionysian scene with Dionysos, the god of wine and revelry, flanked by a pair of dancing maenads, both delineated in profile and facing right, and a pair of aulos-playing satyrs who are depicted opposing one another in profile. Dionysos holds a drinking horn and wears a grapevine wreath atop his head. Copious grapevines with clusters of fruit embellish the scene and confirm the Dionysian theme. Size: 10.875" in Diameter x 17.75" H (27.6 cm x 45.1 cm)

Side B presents a warrior scene. On the far right is Athena with her characteristic Corinthian helmet, large shield, and spear, and at the far left is a cloaked, helmeted figure holding a quiver on the back. The section between these two figures may depict prisoners of war, albeit with losses as shown.

In addition to the aforementioned iconography, this vessel boasts a lovely decorative program comprised of a register of stylized palmettes above each figural scene, and a band of pointed rays rising from the foot.

Ancient Athenian painters, including the painter of this vessel, took advantage of the large size of Attic vases which gave them more room to explore their techniques and present complex interactions between figures.

This piece has been searched against the Art Loss Register database and has been cleared. The Art Loss Register maintains the world's largest database of stolen art, collectibles, and antiques.

Provenance: East Coast collection, New York Gallery, New York City, New York, USA, acquired before 2010

All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back.

A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to recent increases of shipments being seized by Australian & German customs (even for items with pre-UNESCO provenance), we will no longer ship most antiquities and ancient Chinese art to Australia & Germany. For categories of items that are acceptable to ship to Australia or Germany, please contact us directly or work with your local customs brokerage firm.

Display stands not described as included/custom in the item description are for photography purposes only and will not be included with the item upon shipping.

#161480
Condition
...
Repaired with restoration over the break lines. Areas of loss to decorative program as shown. Repairs across the art with restoration and repainting in areas. Surface wear with scuffs and abrasions. Chips to rim, foot, and underside. Anti-scuff felt pads on foot. Impressed area below one handle. Some areas of nice white fugitive paint remain.

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