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Large Amphora Vase - Black and Red Figure with Double Handles

  • This hand crafted amphora is a reproduction of a Nicosthenian vase, dating from about 530 BCE, housed in the collection of the Louvre Museum in Paris.

    - Hand crafted in Greece
    - 15 inches H x 11 inches W x 9 inches Diameter
    - Item #: CER 4001IF12

    This type of neck amphora was made by Pamphaios in the workshop of Nikosthenes and styled after Etruscan vases. Isolated figures, and/or couples of either women, athletes, satyrs or maenads, along with floral motifs, decorate the different surfaces of the vase. The flat handles anchored to the shoulder of the vase are decorated with unique vertical figures representing laurel-crowned athletes. Each face of the neck has a painted nude female figure tying her sandal. The rich palm leaf decorations encircled by 'rinceaux' arabesques underline the smooth part of the opening as well as the belly. A frieze of ridge-like designs embellish the lower part of the belly. Each face of the amphora is decorated with a scene with two persons. On one side, maenads (female followers of Dionysus and the most significant members of the Thiasus, the gods' retinue) are assailed by satyrs. One of them dressed in a chiton, a loose Greek garment, a himation and a panther skin, holds a snake and attempts to pull herself away from the stooping satyr. On the other side, another satyr seizes a maenad who is holding a thyrsus, a long stick wrapped in ivy or vine leaves and tipped with a pine cone. The world of Dionysus is often depicted on vases; wine, given by the god Dionysus to humanity, has often inspired these Greek painters.