Attic Black-Figure Dinos

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Attic Black-Figure Dinos


Attributed to the Circle of the Antimenes Painter (Greek (Attic), active 530 - 510 B.C.)


Greek (Attic)


Athens, Greece (Place created)
tomb, Quattro Santi, Capua, Italy (Place found)


520–510 B.C.



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58 cm (22 13/16 in.)

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A battle rages on the top of the rim of this Athenian dinos. Groups of hoplites, or foot soldiers, and a single cavalryman clash amidst waiting chariot teams. Four ships under full sail cover the rim's interior. The rim is the only part of this vessel decorated in the black-figure technique; shiny black glaze covers the rest of the body. The dinos was a vessel used at a symposium or drinking party to mix wine and water. The Greeks made a very strong wine that they always drank diluted. When the vessel was full of mixed wine and water, the ships on the inside rim would appear to sail on Homer's "wine-dark sea." The vase-painter Exekias introduced this visual ploy, but it later became a popular scheme of dinos decoration among other vase-painters. Dinoi have rounded bottoms and cannot remain steady on their own. Originally, this vase would have had a stand to support it. The stand here is a modern restoration.

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Found: tomb, Quattro Santi, Capua, Italy


Unknown, excavated by Simmaco Doria, 1873.

- 1901

Alfred Bourguignon [sold, Collection d'antiquites provenant de Naples, Hotel Drouot, Paris, March 18 - 21, 1901, lot 14, to Martine-Marie-Pol de Béhague.]

1901 - 1939

Martine-Marie-Pol de Béhague, comtesse de Béarn, 1870 - 1939, by inheritance to her nephew, Octave Marie Hubert, 1939.

1939 - 1974

Marquis Octave Marie Hubert de Ganay, French, 1888 - 1974, by inheritance to his son, Jean-Louis Hubert, 1974.

1974 - 1987

Marquis Jean-Louis Hubert de Ganay, French, 1922 - 2013 [sold, Antiquites et Objets d'Art: Collection de Martine, Comtesse de Behague, provenant de la Succession du Marquis de Ganay, Sotheby's, Monaco, December 5, 1987, lot 149, to Robin Symes, Limited.]

1987 - 1992

Robin Symes, Limited, sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1992.

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

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