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Attic black-figure neck amphora from the Group of Toronto 305 Attic black-figure neck amphora from the Group of Toronto 305
IMPORTANT ATTIC BLACK-FIGURE NECK AMPHORA FROM THE GROUP OF TORONTO 305

In a battle between Greeks and Amazons (amazonomachy), a four-horse chariot (quadriga) is wheeling to the left. The horses have already turned, but the chariot itself still faces frontally, with the wheels foreshortened. The charioteer is not visible, but we see the Theban shield he wears on his back, with its red rim and characteristic indented sides. Of the warrior riding beside the charioteer, we see only his high-crested Corinthian helmet, his scabbard, his two long spears, and his round Argive shield. An air of equine ferocity is reinforced by the open mouths and white teeth. At the left is an Amazon carrying a spear and shield. She falls to the left; at first glance, the horses seem to be trampling her, but in fact she is behind them. Her attacker is probably the warrior at the far right, who strides to the left behind the chariot, his face hidden by the shield of the charioteer.
Reverse: In the center, Dionysos stands holding a rhyton in his left hand and a grapevine in his right. He wears an ivy wreath. Like the two satyrs in the scene, the god has a long red beard. One satyr stands empty-handed at the far right; the other stands behind Dionysos holding a jug, ready to fill the god’s rhyton when summoned. Behind this satyr, at far left, is a maenad wearing a deerskin (nebris) over a chiton decorated with stars and rosettes.

Ca. 520-510 BC

H. 16 in. (40.6 cm.)

Ex Patricia Kluge collection, Charlottesville, Virginia, acquired from Royal-Athena in 1990; Dr. H. collection, Germany, acquired from Royal-Athena in September 2010.

Published: J. Eisenberg, 1000 Years of Ancient Greek Vases, 1990, no. 30; J. Eisenberg, 1000 Years of Ancient Greek Vases II, 2010, no. 40; Art of the Ancient World, vol XXII, 2011, no. 108.

The painters in this group were followers of the Antimenes Painter and worked in a comparable style.

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Attic black-figure neck amphora from the Group of Toronto 305
Attic black-figure neck amphora from the Group of Toronto 305

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