New York, Park Avenue
5 June 1998
AN ATTIC BLACK-FIGURE NECK-AMPHORA
attributed to the Medea Group
circa 520 b.c.
The A-side with a scene of Hermes and Iris greeting each other with clasped hands, the god wearing a striped chlamys, boots and a petasos, holding a caduceus with the finial angled down in his right hand, the goddess with her wings outstretched behind her, wearing a peplos, holding a caduceus in her left hand; the B-side with a warrior in profile to the left, carrying a shield and two spears, wearing grieves, a crested Corinthian helmet, and a chlamys, standing between two old men with white beards and long white hair, both wearing a himation and holding a staff, with rays above the foot, a band of conjoined lotus buds above, red and black tongues on the shoulders, a palmette chain on the neck, a quatrefoil below each handle with a lotus bud below and long ivy sprigs to each side
13 in. (34.3 cm.) high
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