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Very large red figure neck amphora with thermoluminescence analysis

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Object number
AR2894
Object: Large neck amphora

Material: Red clay with black slip and white and red painting
So-called red figure pottery

Date: 4th century B.C.
Southern Italy, Campanian / Paestan or Apulian

Description:    High vase with profiled high base, ovoid body with flat shoulder, high slightly concave neck and double-stage flat mouth. Two flat handles.
One side shows a naked youth bent to the left, posing his right foot on a white tendril and holding a flat object in the right arm and a Thyrsos with long red band in the left.
The other side shows a youth with bare chest, sitting to the left, as well holding a flat white object and a white Thyrsos with red band.
Filling elements in both fields, large palmettes under the handles, wave line below. Black tongues on the shoulder, large palmettes on both sides of the neck.

Size: Height 464 mm, diameter 185 mm with and 167 mm without handles

Condition: Absolutely exceptional condition for a vessel of this size. One of the handles broken in one piece and re-attached, otherwise undamaged, the painting is widely preserved, some of the white details on one side worn but still visible. Writing "1080122" at the bottom. Two tiny bore holes for TL analysis.

References: For the shape and design, see: Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum, Mannheim, Reiss-Museum 1, Pl. 46.3-5
For a person bent to the front and posing the right feet on a tendril or stone, see: Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum, Altenburg, Staatliches Lindenau-Museum 3, Pl. 112.4-5
Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum, Mainz, Römisch-Germanisches Zentralmuseum 2, Pl. 17.7-8
For a comparable shape of the foot on an Apulian neck amphora, see:
Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum, Göttingen, Archäologisches Institut der Universität 1, Pl. 9.1-7

TL analysis: A thermoluminescence analysis performed by Kotalla Laboratory in April 2020 has confirmed the age of the vessel to be 2420 years (+/- 15,5%), which perfectly matches with the dating based on the style of the vessel.

Art Loss: An Art Loss certificate is available. The Art Loss database comprises over 500.000 ancient objects which were reported as lost or stolen and also actively involves the corresponding Interpol and FBI databases. A print copy of the Art Loss certificate will of course be delivered together with this object.

Provenance: Acquired 2020 from Mr. R. Raymann, who inherited the head in 2019 from his aunt, Trude Raymann and her partner Kurt Ulrich Schmidt. Acquired by Trude Raymann and Kurt Schmidt around April before September 1983 from the antiquities dealer Helmut Liebert in Krefeld, the offer document from Mr. Liebert is preserved.

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