AN ATTIC BLACK-FIGURED NECK-AMPHORA
GROUP OF FAINA 75, CIRCA 510 B.C.
One side with Herakles battling Amazons, the hero clad in a short chiton and the Nemean lionskin, attacking with a long sword held in his raised right hand, extending his left arm forward behind his main opponent's circular shield, a snake as the device, the Amazon standing before him, wearing a short chiton and high-crested helmet, a scabbard over her shoulder, a spear in her raised left hand, an Amazon on one knee between them, wearing a high-crested helmet and holding a circular shield, three circles as the device, a third Amazon to the left, facing right but looking back, wearing a corselet over a short chiton, and a high-crested helmet, holding a spear and a circular shield, a bucranion as the device; the other side with Dionysos between two maenads, a goat behind him, the god clad in a long chiton and himation, holding grape vines and a rhyton, the maenads each wearing a long chiton, playing krotola; bands of key and lotus bud chain below, red and black tongues above, rays above the foot, lotus-palmette chain on the neck, lotus bud and palmette complexes below the handle, details in added white and red, now mostly lost; the lid with a central knob framed by concentric bands, with a double band of ivy at the rim
19 in. (48.2 cm.) high