Attic Black-Figure Amphora

Painter of the Vatican Mourner, and Exekias540 - 530 B.C.

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The glaze on this vessel was applied unevenly to the exterior; the interior of the neck and mouth are also glazed. Ornamentation consists of ivy vines on the sides of the handles, upward pointing rays in a reserve zone above the foot, double palmette-lotus chains above the figural scenes, and bands in added red underneath the scenes. Both sides depict a man and woman in a chariot with attendants. Added white is used for the skin of the females, some horses and part of the lyre on side B. Side A: from left-a couple in a chariot, perhaps Dionysos and Ariadne, facing right. He is bearded wearing an ivy wreath and holding a drinking horn; she wears elaborately patterned garments and holds the reins. Behind four horses-one painted white-are four figures facing left, three females and one bearded male wearing wreaths. Above them in the field are grape vines. On the right, Hermes walks to the right, turning back over his shoulder to look ate the procession. He wears a petasos, winged boots, and chlamys and carries a kerykeion in his right hand. Side B: another couple in a chariot facing right. The bearded, wreathed male wears a himation and holds the reins and the woman is veiled. In front of the chariot are a woman and man facing right. Both are wreathed and the man, perhaps Apollo, plays a lyre. To the right, behind four horses-one white-is a woman facing left. In front of the horses is a tall female figure facing right and raising her right hand. The vessel is whole, reconstructed from fragments.

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  • Title: Attic Black-Figure Amphora
  • Creator: Painter of the Vatican Mourner, and Exekias
  • Date: 540 - 530 B.C.
  • Location Created: Athens, Greece
  • Physical Dimensions: 53.3 x 35.6 cm (21 x 14 in.)
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Terracotta
  • Source Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Villa Collection, Malibu, California
  • Object Type: Amphora
  • Object Status: Permanent Collection
  • Number: 72.AE.148
  • Display Location: Not currently on view
  • Department: Antiquities
  • Culture: Greek (Attic)
  • Classification: Vessels


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