Attic Black-Figure Nikosthenic Amphora Fragment

Painter N, Thiasos Groupabout 550 - 540 B.C.

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum

Four joined fragments of an amphora (see main entry 86.AE.96). On the broad handle is a dancing satyr, facing right. On the shoulder of the vessel, adjacent to the handle, is a male clad in a chiton and himation (head and upper body missing) - he stands to the left and holds a staff in his right hand. Next to him the left leg and right foot of a male runner are preserved. To the runner's left, the two hind legs of a rearing horse are shown, as well as part of the horse's tail. Below, a band of ribbon pattern. On the lower band, dancing satyrs and maenads, facing left. Preserved are (from left to right) part of the head and upper torso of a satyr; the nose, left arm, and a small part of the garment of a maenad (characterized by the white flesh); the head and upper body of a satyr; the arms of a third satyr.

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  • Title: Attic Black-Figure Nikosthenic Amphora Fragment
  • Creator: Painter N, Thiasos Group
  • Date: about 550 - 540 B.C.
  • Location Created: Athens, Greece
  • Physical Dimensions: 16.8 x 13.3 cm (6 5/8 x 5 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.96.2
  • Display Location: Currently on view at: Getty Villa, Gallery 113, TimeScape
  • Department: Antiquities
  • Culture: Greek (Attic)
  • Classification: Vessels


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