Attic Black-Figure Neck Amphora

Exekiasabout 540 B.C.

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum

In the mythological battles of the Greeks, the conflict did not end when a warrior killed his opponent. There was then a struggle over the corpse. The victorious warrior would try to strip the armor from the fallen opponent and perhaps mutilate the body or hold it for ransom, while the fallen soldier's comrades tried to win back the body.

The front of this Athenian black-figure neck-amphora shows such a conflict. In the center of the scene, two warriors battle over a corpse, stripped of all its armor except for the helmet and shield. A similar scene appears to the left. To the right, a warrior chases a fleeing opponent. The scene on the back of the vase shows a group of warriors flanked by riders and onlookers, and a procession of galloping horsemen decorates the shoulder on both sides of the vase.

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  • Title: Attic Black-Figure Neck Amphora
  • Creator: Attributed to Group E (Workshop of Exekias), near the Painter of London B 174
  • Date: about 540 B.C.
  • Location Created: Athens, Greece
  • Physical Dimensions: 36.2 x 28.6 cm (14 1/4 x 11 1/4 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: 86.AE.73
  • Inscription: Graffito: hourglass shape.
  • Display Location: Currently on view at: Getty Villa, Gallery 209, Men in Antiquity
  • Department: Antiquities
  • Culture: Greek (Attic)
  • Classification: Vessels


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