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Attic Black-Figure Neck Amphora

Object Details

Title:

Attic Black-Figure Neck Amphora

Artists/Makers:

Unknown

Connected with the Class of Cabinet des Médailles 218 (Greek)

Culture:

Greek (Attic)

Place:

Athens, Greece (Place Created)

Date:

about 500–480 B.C.

Medium:

Terracotta

Object Number:

86.AE.78

Dimensions:

23.4 × 15.5 cm (9 3/16 × 6 1/8 in.)

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Object Description

Two duels – or perhaps the same combat seen from different sides – adorn this small neck-amphora. There are no inscriptions that name the figures, but their one-on-one combat evokes the duels of heroes in the Trojan War. 

In the early decades of the fifth century B.C. many vase‑painters worked in the recently invented red‑figure technique. Others, however, continued to work in black‑figure. In the changing pottery market, some sought ways to make their product more interesting. One method was to cover the normal reddish color of the clay background with a creamy white slip, as seen here. This white slip created a sharper contrast between the figures and the background.

Provenance
Provenance
-1980

Private Collection [sold, Auktion 56: Kunstwerke der Antike, Munzen und Medaillen, February 19, 1980, lot 81, to Walter and Molly Bareiss.]

1980 - 1983

Walter Bareiss, American, born Germany, 1919 - 2007 and Molly Bareiss, American, 1920 - 2006 (Stamford, Connecticut), distributed to the Mary S. Bareiss 1983 Trust, 1983.

1983 - 1986

Mary S. Bareiss 1983 Trust, sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum.

Exhibitions
Exhibitions
Poets and Heroes (November 4, 1986 to February 28, 1987)
  • Michael C. Carlos Museum of Emory University (Atlanta), November 4, 1986 to February 28, 1987
Bibliography
Bibliography

Munzen und Medaillen, Basel. Auktion 56, February 19, 1980, lot 81; pl. 32.

True, Marion, and Jiri Frel. Greek Vases: Molly and Walter Bareiss Collection (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1983), p. 70, no. 40.

Wescoat, Bonna D., ed. Poets and Heroes: Scenes of the Trojan War. Exh. cat, Emory University Museum of Art and Archaeology. Atlanta: 1986, pp. 30-31, no. 6; ill. p. 31.

"Acquisitions/1986." The J. Paul Getty Museum Journal 15 (1987), pp. 160-61, no. 7.

Clark, Andrew J. Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum. The J. Paul Getty Museum 1 (USA 23). Malibu: 1988, p. 46; pls. 42, 1-2; 44, 5-6.

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Historical Witness, Social Messaging

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