AN ATTIC BLACK-FIGURED TYRRHENIAN AMPHORA
ATTRIBUTED TO THE CASTELLANI PAINTER, CIRCA 550 B.C.
The shoulders of one side centered by a pair of warriors in combat, each armed in greaves, a corselet, a crested Corinthian helmet, and a circular shield, that to the left with a bucranion as the blazon, that to the right with a tripod as the blazon, wielding a spear in his raised right hand, a second combat group to the left, each warrior similarly armed, that to the right on his knees facing right with his head turned back, with three bearded draped onlookers to the right, one holding a wreath, two each holding a spear; the shoulders of the other side with Herakles pursuing four bearded centaurs running to the right, the first with a branch and a rock, the next two with a rock in each hand, and the third turning back and gesturing to the Herakles, the hero holding a rock and preparing to thrust a sword; a band of dots and a palmette-lotus festoon encircling below, with two bands of animals and monsters below, the upper with a panther, a ram, a siren, a panther, a swan, a pair of confronting panthers, a siren, a panther and a pair of confronting panthers; the lower with a pair of lions with their heads turned back, two stags, a pair of confronting sirens, a panther, and a panther facing a stag; rays above the foot, alternating red and black tongues on the shoulders, a palmette-lotus festoon on the neck; details in added white and red
18 in. (45.7 cm.) high