18 October 2005
AN ATTIC BLACK-FIGURE BELLY AMPHORA (TYPE A)
LATE 6TH CENTURY B.C.
Side A: Herakles wrestling the Nemean lion, overlooked by Athena and Iolaos, Athena wearing crested helmet and with shield and spear, Iolaos with Herakles' club, flanked by a standing female, and Hermes wearing a petasos and holding a caduceus
Side B: Dionysos standing, passing cornucopia to draped maenad, Hermes standing behind carrying caduceus, flanked by a dancing satyr and meanad
The panels with double palmette and lotus chain band above, the handles with ivy frieze on their outer edges
Repaired, lower body and foot restored
20 5/8 in. (52.4 cm.) high
Formerly in an English private collection, acquired from N. Koutoulakis.
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Strong bidding and sell-through rates seen across a week of sales that total $79,285,375, with more still to come
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