Description & Technical information

The amphora, with clearly defined neck and distinct shoulder, is decorated on one side with a quadriga, the chariot of the gods. A female goddess drives the four horses harnessed characteristically abreast. She stands in the carriage holding the reins and whip. Apollo stands on the ground beside her and a second goddess faces them. The B side shows Dionysos holding vine branches facing a maenad, the figures flanked by two satyrs with long tails.

The lid, contemporary but probably not original to this vase, decorated with concentric circles of black glaze with rounded knob.

The individual decorative registers in the bottom section – encircling rays, lotus buds and meander pattern – are separated by 3 lines. This is a feature often associated with the “Three Line Group” but in this case is indicative only of the vase type as the quality of the painting far exceeds the known examples of this group. The vase can be attributed to Euphiletos, the renowned Attic black-figure painter active in the second half of the 6th century BC.

Condition:
Recomposed from original fragments, small losses restored.
This comes with a thermoluminescence test report from Oxford Authentication confirming its antiquity.

Height: 40.5 cm. Including lid 45cm

Date:  Second half of the 6th century BC
Period:  Antiquity
Origin:  Greece
Dimensions: 40.5 cm (16 inches)
Provenance: Private collection (PC), Nuremberg, Germany, acquired in the 1920s or 30s and thence by descent; Private collection (KL), London
Literature: Another example of the Euphiletos painter depicting a Dionysiac scene is shown in J. Boardman, 'Athenian Black Figure Vases', (1974), no. 222. This painter is, however, best known for his Panathenaic amphorae, large vessels made to contain the olive oil given as prizes in the Panathenaic Games and decorated with suitable sporting scenes. An example of this type in the Staatliche Antikensammlungen, Munich (accession no. 1452) also depicts a chariot, but in this case it races at full speed.
Categories: Classical & Egyptian antiquities