Greek Geometric Pottery Amphora

SKU: MS.0020

Origin: Mediterranean
Circa: Geometric Period, c. 725-700 BC
Dimensions: 18.75" Height x 10" Width (47.6cms x 25.4cms)
Medium: Terracotta

A beautifully executed form, of generous proportion, from the geometric period, this sumptuous amphora displays a number of the most iconic stylistic elements of the era.  A dotted rim sits atop a patterned neck with diamonds, cross-hatched triangles and a frieze of avian zoomorphic motifs.  The shoulder elegantly features large quatrefoil starbursts and checkered borders with lozenges, swastikas, and various geometric horizontal patterns throughout.

Edith Hafter (1911-2011), Zurich and Solothurn. with Donati Arte Classica, Lugano, 1993. Acquired by the current owner from the above

Broken and repaired with some fill along the breaks. Some fill to the rim and foot. A large portion of the glaze now lost, especially on one side. Overall minor abrasions, surface wear and chips throughout.

Artists such as the Diplyon Master, the emblematic painter of the Late Geometric period, revolutionized many of the stylistic elements of contemporary pottery that are seen on the present example. The artist introduced narrow animal friezes to adorn vessels, as visible here with the cranes on the amphora's neck. They were purely decorative and likely borrowed from the Near East, such as Levantine ivory reliefs or Attic diadems (p. 110-113 in J.N. Coldsteam, Geometric Greece). Also new was the use of continuous ornamental bands, previously in dark glaze. One of the most popular motifs was to "divide a main field vertically into square panels recalling the metopes of a Doric temple, often with narrow 'triglyphs' intervening." (p. 114, op. cit.). By the end of the Late Geometric I Period, motifs such as the quatrefoil, the swastika and lozenges were also popular.



Greek Geometric Pottery Amphora


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