Black-Figure Neck Amphora
Black-Figure Neck Amphora
Black-Figure Neck Amphora
Black-Figure Neck Amphora

Image Resources | Currently on View in Leah and Charles Redish Gallery

Black-Figure Neck Amphora

Greek


Amphorai were double-handled containers used for storing and carrying oils and wine.

The Leagros Group was a late 6th-century B.C. workshop of talented artists, whose red-figure vases were just beginning to replace vases made in the traditional black-figure technique. On one side, Dionysus and his male followers, called satyrs, carry off two maenads (female worshipers of Dionysus). As the god of wine, Dionysus was a popular figure on amphorai and kraters, which would have been used at drinking parties, or symposia.  His drunken, licentious satyrs offer the kind of raucous camaraderie that would have been at home at an all-male symposium.

Greek Art

Amphorai were double-handled containers used for storing and carrying oils and wine.

 

The Leagros Group was a late 6th-century B.C. workshop of talented artists, whose red-figure vases were just beginning to replace vases made in the traditional black-figure technique. On one side, Dionysus and his male followers, called satyrs, carry off two maenads (female worshipers of Dionysus). As the god of wine, Dionysus was a popular figure on amphorai and kraters, which would have been used at drinking parties, or symposia.  His drunken, licentious satyrs offer the kind of raucous camaraderie that would have been at home at an all-male symposium.

Object Information

nationality
Greek
creation date
ca. 520- 500 B.C.
materials
terracotta with white slip decoration
dimensions
H: 17 1/2 in.
accession number
47.42
credit line
Gift of Mr. & Mrs. Eli Lilly
copyright
Public Domain
collection
Ancient Art of the Mediterranean
colors