Athenian black figure neck amphora - Departing warrior

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Object:       Athenian black figure neck amphora

Material: Red clay with black slip
So-called black figure pottery

Date: Mid to second half of 6th century BC
Late Archaic period

Description:    Conical foot, ovoid body, broad concave neck with high conical lip, two attached handles. Completely covered with black slip (except for the scenes on both sides and the neck).
Both sides of the amphora show a departure scene: A hoplite wearing a corinthian helmet and holding a lance and a round shield is facing a veiled woman, presumably his mother. The shield device, a human leg likely indicating fleet-footedness, was painted in white and has largely faded, but is still visible on one side. Above the scene a band of bars, palmettes on the neck.

Size: Height 252 mm, diameter 163 mm

Condition: Very good condition. Handles and foot reattached. Body with stable fissures, particularly around shoulder. Surface with light wear and small chips. Original black figure decoration is fully preserved, only the added white painting for the woman's flesh and the shield devices largely faded. Pencil label "10" on lower side of foot.

References: Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum. Capua, Museo Campano 2, III.H Pl. 4.1-2 (there warrior bidding farewell to father).
For a slightly later vase, see Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum, Altenburg, Staatliches Lindenau-Museum 1, Pl. 24.1-2 and 25.6
For the shield device (human leg) on an athenian vase (departure scene with father and mother), see:
Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum, London, British Museum 3, III.He.6, Pl. 33.2A-B

Provenance: Acquired 2020 from Cahn Gallery, Basel. Ex collection of Professor H. A. Dahn, Lausanne, Switzerland (deceased 2019, consigned by his family). Acquired by Prof. Dahn August 06, 1953, from Spink & Sons, London. A note hand-written by the professor and wearing a photograph of the amphora attributes it the collection number G V 39. An excerpt from his hand-written inventory list states that the amphora was acquired at Spink & Sons in 1953. Copies of both notes will be provided to the buyer of the amphora.

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