AN ATTIC BLACK-FIGURE NECK AMPHORA
LATE 6TH CENTURY B.C.
Side A: Gigantomachy with Athena wearing high-crested helmet and aegis and holding a spear, in combat with an armed, helmeted warrior wearing a sword and scabbard and holding a spear, fleeing with head turned back, behind the goddess another departing armed warrior with spear, sword and shield
Side B: two armed warriors wearing crested helmets, both holding spears and shields, one emblazoned with a lion, in combat with an unhelmeted bearded warrior holding a shield on his shoulder, a sword at his side and brandishing a spear
Double palmette chain on the neck, tongues on the shoulder, a frieze of conjoined lotus buds below, rays above the foot, with lotus buds and scrolling palmette tendrils under each handle, details incised and in added white and red, repaired at neck and foot
17.1/8 in. (43.4 cm.) high