• Antiquities auction at Christies

    Sale 5487

    Antiquities

    29 April 2010, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 6

    A MYCENAEAN PICTORAL STYLE POTTERY AMPHORA

    CIRCA 1300-1200 B.C.

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A MYCENAEAN PICTORAL STYLE POTTERY AMPHORA
    CIRCA 1300-1200 B.C.
    With bulbous body and twin strap handles, decorated in dark brown on both sides with two confronting wild goats, stylized plants between, chevrons in the field, a groundline of three concentric bands below, another above the scene
    7¾ in. (19.7 cm.) high


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    For a krater decorated with a frieze of animals with reserved muzzles and dotted eyes cf. 1989.1231.16 in the British Museum, London. Also cf. R. Higgins, Minoan and Mycenaean Art, London, 1986, p. 116 for a krater with confronted sphinxes.

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    Provenance

    European private collection; acquired in the late 19th Century by the grandfather of the present owner.