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Greek Attic Black Figure Amphora w/ Satyrs


Greece, Athens, ca. 510 BCE. A graceful neck amphora adorned in traditional black-figure technique, the graceful form with an echinus mouth and tripartite handle, all supported by a torus foot, with hand painted scenes on both sides. Side A features Dionysos - god of wine, pleasure, ritual madness, ecstasy, and theatre - standing in profile, donning a patterned garment, with dots suggesting grape clusters, flowers, or berries in added fugitive white pigment, the drapery further delineated with incised marks. Dionysos holds a drinking horn, and is flanked by a pair of lovely nymphs gently bowing their heads toward the god and holding flowers in their hands. Side B features a nymph or Maenad standing in composite profile, flanked by a pair of Satyrs, who may be persuing or dancing with her. Quite an entertaining example! Size: 6.125" W x 9.75" H (15.6 cm x 24.8 cm)

The female figures present white faces, feet, and flowers or drinking vessels created via added, fugitive pigment - and are dressed in chitons with incised folds of fabric and added plum-hued highlights that cascade over their bodies. The musculature of the Satyrs' bodies and various details such as their goat-like pointed ears/horns, beards, and eyes are nicely delineated with incised marks - their beards and tails rendered in added fugitive red pigment. Adorning the field are finely delineated vines with long tendrils of lotus flowers and palmettes. Below the central composition is a ground-line echoed by two linear bands, the central band in red and black, as well as a geometric ray pattern radiating from the red convex band just above the foot. Encircling the shoulder are fine tongues and the neck is adorned with stylized double palmette and lotus motifs.

Condition: A few small nicks to the rim, one to shoulder. Minor surface wear/scratches and pigment loss, but overall excellent.

Provenance: private East Coast, USA collection

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