8 June 2004
AN ATTIC BLACK-FIGURED BELLY-AMPHORA
ATTRIBUTED TO THE SWING PAINTER, CIRCA 540-530 B.C.
One side with a frontal view of a quadriga, the horses' heads depicted in profile, the two outside horses with their heads turned out, the two interior horses with their heads turned in and overlapping, the bearded charioteer wearing a long white chiton, his head turned to his left, with a draped female onlooker to the left, two cloaks hanging above, one black and one white, and a pseudo-inscription above left; the other side with an arming scene, centered by a bearded man putting on a greave, his corslet upright below him, a white-haired bearded man behind him proffering his sheathed sword, a soldier to the right wearing a high-crested Corinthian helmet, his circular shield with the forepart of a trireme with a boar's head prow as the blazon, and a second soldier to the left wearing a Corinthian helmet, his circular shield with a human leg as the blazon; the scenes framed above by a lotus bud and palmette chain, rays above the foot, details in added white and red
19 3/8 in. (49.2 cm.) high
with Galerie Günter Puhze, Freiburg.
with Royal-Athena Galleries, New York, 1981.
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For another amphora by the Swing Painter, with a nearly identical quadriga on one side and an arming scene on the other, see p. 19 in Murray, The Joseph Veach Noble Collection.
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