- Museum number
- Object: The Elgin Amphora
Pottery neck-handled amphora.
Clay: orange-buff clay, large white and small chestnut-brown grits, lustrous black paint thinning to light brown for the decoration.
Shape: tall vertical neck, everted towards a torus lip; ovoid body, high ring foot, strap handles.
Decoration: Lip: dotted lozenge chain. Neck: zone of hatched birds with, in the field, pendent and standing latticed triangles and floating zigzag; meander and double meander alternating with dotted lozenge chains. Shoulder, side (A): check pattern between latticed triangles above, and wolftooth below; (B) incomplete, latticed triangles below. Body: three-tiered tapestry pattern (net of checked and quartered lozenges) between dotted lozenge chains; dotted lozenge chain with bars on apices, between standing and pendent latticed triangles; sigmas, dotted lozenge chain, tangential blobs, gear pattern, double triangles with prolonged apices, solid paint near base with two triple reserved bands. Handles: dotted serpents with reserved eye, between loose chevrons; latticed lozenges in the field, gear pattern above.
- Production date
Diameter: 23 centimetres (of rim)
Height: 67 centimetres (as restored)
- Curator's comments
Typical of the Dipylon Workshop in its early prime are (a) this version of the double meander on the neck, and (b) the tapestry pattern around the belly; for both, cf. especially the LG Ia pitcher Athens 812 by the Dipylon Painter, probably from Dipylon grave 14 (GGP 30, no. 6, pl. 7e). For the birds, cf. those under the hearse in the ekphora scene on the amphora Athens 803 (GGP 30, no. 2; CVA Athens 5, pl. 104). For the shape, and the serpents on the handles, Munich 6080 (GGP 32, no. 32; CVA Munchen 3, pls. 106-7) is comparable, but belongs to a later (LG Ib) stage.
Bibliography: J.N. Coldstream, in S. Böhm and K. von Eickstedt (eds.) Ithake: Festschrift für J. Schäfer (Würzburg 2001), 121-4; D. Williams, British Museum Magazine 51, 2005, 49.
- On display (G13/dc1)
- Restored from three non-joining fragments, comprising an almost complete profile.
- Acquisition date
- Greek and Roman
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