5 December 2012
AN ATTIC BLACK-FIGURED NECK-AMPHORA
CIRCA 540-530 B.C.
The obverse with Herakles wrestling Triton, their bodies intertwined, the nude bearded hero straddling the god's scaly fish-tailed body; the reverse with a winged Gorgon running to the right; rays above the foot, tongues on the shoulders, palmette lotus chain on the neck, a quatrefoil of palmettes, lotus buds and spiraling tendrils below the handles, details in added red
8 15/16 in. (22.6 cm.) high
with Galerie Arete, Zurich, 1972.
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For the obverse composition on other black-figured vases see nos. 4-9 in Icard-Gianolio, "Triton," in LIMC.
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