Chalkidian Black-Figure Neck Amphora

Object Details

Title:

Chalkidian Black-Figure Neck Amphora

Artist/Maker(s):

Attributed to the Inscription Painter (Greek, active 570 - 530 B.C.)

Culture:

Greek (Chalcidian)

Place(s):

Rhegion, South Italy (Place created)

Date:

about 540 B.C.

Medium:

Terracotta

Dimensions:

39.6 cm (15 9/16 in.)

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The Greek hero Odysseus slits the throat of a Thracian warrior. On the back of the vase, Diomedes grabs the sleeping Rhesos, king of the Thracians, just before plunging his sword into the chest of this Trojan ally. The corpses of Rhesos's men, presumably killed in their sleep, litter the ground. As the story was recounted in Homer's Iliad , Odysseus and Diomedes infiltrated the Thracian camp outside the walls of Troy, hoping to steal their fine horses. This vase is the only depiction of the murder of Rhesos in the Archaic period; it is remarkably close to Homer's account, down to the display of armor and the Thracian horses who panic on their tethers under the handles of the vase.

When the Greeks began founding colonies in Italy and Sicily in the 600s B.C., they initially imported fine decorated pottery. Soon, however, local pottery workshops arose. Chalkidian pottery, one of these local productions in the black-figure technique, was probably made in the city of Rhegion, a colony of the Greek city of Chalkis.

Provenance
by 1988 - 1996

Robin Symes, Limited, English, 1977 - 2005 (London, England), on behalf of Mrs. Despina Papadimitriou (Athens, Greece).

1996

Robin Symes, Limited, English, 1977 - 2005 (London, England), sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1996

Exhibitions
A Matter of Taste: Alexis Smith's Commission for the Getty Center Restaurant (December 16, 1997 to April 12, 1998)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), December 16, 1997 to April 12, 1998
Ancient Art from the Permanent Collection (March 16, 1999 to May 23, 2004)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), March 16, 1999 to May 23, 2004
Bibliography

True, Marion. "The Murder of Rhesos on a Chalcidian Neck-Amphora by the Inscription Painter," The Ages of Homer. A Tribute to Emily Townsend Vermeule. J. Carter, S. Morris, eds. Austin, Texas: 1995. pp. 415-429. ill. frontispiece; ill. pp. xix, 417-21, figs. 25.1a-25.1g.

The J. Paul Getty Museum Handbook of the Collections. 4th ed. (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1997) p. 46.

True, Marion. "Rhesos," Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae VIII (1997), pp. 1044-1047. p. 1045, no. 2; pl. 694.

March, Jenny. Cassell Dictionary of Classical Mythology. London: 1998. pp. 345-46, s.v. Rhesus; fig. 127.

Tsiafakis, Despoina. He Thrake sten Attike Eikonographia tou 5ou aiona p.X. (Thrace in Athenian Iconography of the Fifth Century B.C.) Komotini: 1998. p. 236; pls. 76-78.

"Museum Acquisitions Between July 1, 1996, and June 30, 1998." The Report of the J. Paul Getty Trust, 1997-1998. p. 68.

The J. Paul Getty Museum Handbook of the Collections. 6th ed. (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2001) p. 46.

Hedreen, Guy. Capturing Troy: The Narrative Functions of Landscape in Archaic and Early Classical Greek Art. Ann Arbor: 2001. p. 167 and n. 154. (cited as L.88.AE.57, the loan accession number).

Wachter, Rudolf. Non-Attic Vase Inscriptions. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001. p. 177, cat. CHA 3A

Boardman, John. The History of Greek Vases. London: 2001. p. 74; fig. 103.

The J. Paul Getty Museum Handbook of the Antiquities Collection (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2002) p. 58.

Bennett, Michael and Aaron J. Paul. Magna Graecia: Greek Art from South Italy and Sicily. Exh. Cat. New York: 2002. pp. 60-62, fig. 18. (incorrectly cited as L.88.AE.56).

The J. Paul Getty Museum Handbook of the Collections. 7th ed. (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2007) p. 27, ill.

Denoyelle, Martine and Iozzo, Mario. La Céramique Grecque d'Italie méridionale et de Sicile (Paris: Éditions A. et J. Picard, 2009). p. 13, pl. X, p.82, fig. 110.

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Sparkes, Brian. "Greek Art." Greece & Rome: New Surveys in the Classics No.40 (2011), pp.42,102-103, 112-113, figs. 11, 33, 35.

Oakley, John H. The Greek Vase: Art of the Storyteller (Los Angeles: The J. Paul Getty Museum, 2013) frontspiece, pp. 86-87, figs. 23-25

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