3 June 2009
PROPERTY FROM A U.S. PRIVATE COLLECTION
AN ATTIC BLACK-FIGURED AMPHORA
ATTRIBUTED TO THE THREE LINE GROUP, CIRCA 520 B.C.
One side with two horsemen in combat over a fallen hoplite, both horses rearing, the riders each clad in a chiton and a patterned chlamys, the rider to the left also wearing a petasos, both threatening with spears in their raised right hands and holding a second spear in their lowered lefts, the hoplite wearing a chiton, corslet and high-crested Corinthian helmet, a sword suspended by a white baldric over his left shoulder, lying with his right leg bent and his head turned back, holding a spear in one hand, his shield obscuring the other which is outstretched behind him, the shield with two white spheres as the blazon and a red dotted border; the other side with Dionysos and his entourage, the god in the center wearing a striped and patterned himation, holding vines and a rhyton, a wreath of ivy in his hair, facing right but looking back towards a maenad walking left with her head turned back, an ithyphallic satyr before her, a second maenad observing from the right; with bands of key and dotted lotus bud chain encircling below, framed by sets of three lines, red and black tongues above, with rays above the foot, palmette chain on the neck and lotus bud and palmette complex below the triple-reeded handles, graffiti on the underside of the foot partially obscured by incrustation
16½ in. (42 cm) high
Japanese Private Collection.
Anonymous sale; Christies, New York, 11 June 2003, lot 106.
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For the composition of horsemen in combat compare the amphora by the Swing Painter in the J. Paul Getty Museum, pl. 7 in Clark, Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum, The J. Paul Getty Museum, Malibu, Fascicule 1 [U.S.A. Fascicule 23].
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