Lot 32
  • 32

An Attic Black-figured Neck Amphora, circa 520-500 B.C.

25,000 - 35,000 USD
60,000 USD
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  • An Attic Black-figured Neck Amphora
  • Height 11 3/4 in. 29.8 cm.
with disk foot, triple handles, and echinus mouth, the body painted on one side with Ajax in full armor holding a sword and attempting to seize Kassandra as she seeks refuge at a statue of Athena Promachos, the goddess's shield emblazoned with a dolphin, the other side decorated with a figure of Dionysos flanked by a maenad and satyr, a dotted vine in the background; rays above the foot, linked lotus buds below the scenes, palmettes linked by tendrils in the handle zones, linked double palmettes on the neck, the details in added red and white, a graffito under the foot.


New York private collection, acquired in the 1960s
Antiquarium, Ltd., New York, 1990

Catalogue Note

Attributed to the Leagros Group or close to it.

The subject of Ajax and Kassandra is not common; two examples by the Painter of Munich 1519, a Leagran artist, are Vatican G 22 and London B 242.