Attic Black-Figured Neck Amphora

SKU: MS.0016

Origin: Mediterranean
Circa: Attributed to the Light-Make Class, Circa 490 - 480 BC
Dimensions: 7.5" Height x 5" Width x 4.3" Depth (19 cm x 12.7 cm x 10.9 cm)
Medium: Terracotta

Small in size, this neck amphora is decorated with a central armored hoplite wearing greaves and a Corinthian helmet, carrying a spear and large shield with a Macedonian star device, a youthful spear bearing attendant on either side. On the opposing side there is a similar scene of a hoplite falnked by attendants, a flying bird decorating their shield. Beneath the handles are scrolling lotus buds, rays emanating upward from the foot, a band of dotted zigzags below the scene, and a vine around the neck. All with details in added white and red.

L. Hohl collection, Biel, Switzerland, 1970s. Private collection, Switzerland; acquired 1985. with Frank Sternberg, Zurich, 2001

Intact with no repair or restoration. Overall with some rubbing and loss to the added white and red decoration, particularly to the shield star device. Small stable firing crack on side B to the zigzag band beneath the scene. Very minor surface wear and some small areas of pitting. Small areas of rubbing around rim edge and very minor nicks around exterior and interior of rim. Minor glaze deficiency to the handles.

A group of Athenian vases of similar shape, mostly very small neck-amphorae of light production, for which reason Beazley classified them as The Light-Make Group.

For another amphora by the Light-Make Class see, Beazley Archive no. 5690.



Attic Black-Figured Neck Amphora


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