12 June 2000
AN ATTIC BLACK-FIGURED AMPHORA
attributed to the painter of würzburg 243
circa 540 b.c.
The obverse with Athena standing before a warrior, the goddess wearing a crested helmet, a peplos and her protective aegis which is fringed with snakes, holding a spear out in front of her, the warrior fully armed with a crested Corinthian helmet and greaves, the red-rimmed shield with an alternating red and white compass-drawn twelve-petaled rosette as the blazon, with one hand extended toward the goddess and a spear held diagonally, an imitation inscription running vertically between the two; the reverse with a youth standing before a warrior, the youth depicted nude, holding a wreath in his right hand, his left hand extended forward, his long hair bound by a fillet, the warrior similar to that on the obverse, a chariot box in white as the shield blazon, with imitation inscriptions in the field; rays above the foot, alternating red and black tongues on the shoulders, a palmette chain on the neck, a complex of four palmettes on long tendrils below the handles with buds to the sides, adorsed palmettes below, a leaping dolphin on either side of the handles; details in added red and white throughout
121/8 in. (30.79 cm) high
Antiquities, Sotheby's London, 10-11 July 1989, lot 171
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The Painter of Würzburg 243, according to Beazley (Attic Black-figure Vase-painters, p. 304) is "not far from the Princeton Group."
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