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amphora

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1849,0518.10

  • Description

    Pottery: black-figured amphora. On the neck, double honeysuckle. Under the handles, patterns of palmettes and spirals; below, maeander and lotus-buds.
    (a) In the centre Memnon to right, bearded and fully armed; on his helmet the figure of a dog, the tail supporting the crest; he has long curls ending in spirals, a white cuirass, probably of linen, richly ornamented, short striped chiton, shield and spear. On either side facing him is an beardless African attendant; the one on the right has a short striped chiton and a pelta, on which is a pellet; the other has a cuirass and short diapered chiton; each has a club in right hand. Above Memnon behind is inscribed έπ]οίησ(ε)ν (?); in front: AMAΣIΣ, Αμασις.
    (b) Achilles slaying Penthesilea: Achilles to right, fully armed, bearded, with hair as Memnon's in (a), short striped chiton, sword, and Boeotian shield, is thrusting with spear at Penthesilea, who retreats to right. She has long tresses, high-crested helmet with cheek-pieces, and meander border on crest, cuirass, and short striped chiton, and defends herself with spear and shield with device of an ivy-wreath.

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  • Producer name

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 535BC (circa)
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 41.5 centimetres
    • Width: 30 centimetres
    • Weight: 3.6 kilograms
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
  • Curator's comments

    BM Cat. Vases

    Wiener Vorlegebl. 1889, pl. iii. 3; Gerhard, A.V. iii. 207, and p. 117; Panofka in Arch. Zeit. 1846, pl. 39, figs. 2, 3; Rev. Phil. ii. p. 391; Brunn, Künstlergesch. ii. p. 656; Loeschcke in Arch. Zeit. 1881, p. 31, n. 9, and in Bonner Studien, p. 248; Corey, Amaz. Ant. Fig. p. 61; Klein, Meistersig. p. 43; Schneider, Tro. Sagenkr. p. 137; C.I.Gr. 8128; Leaf in J.H.S. iv. p. 83.
    For Memnon's hair, (κέρατα) cf. Helbig, Hom. Epos1, p. 241. For the cuirass, see J.H.S. v. p.235.
    Loeschcke has shown that this is an imitation of Amasis' work, probably by Exekias, who copied the former's signature. Cf. Vase Β471 and Β210. It is possible that Αμασις may be the name of one of the Africans; έπ]οίησ(ε)ν is very doubtful.For a detailed assessment, see E. A. Mackay, Tradition and Originality, A Study of Exekias (Oxford, 2010) 201-213, pls. 49-51.

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  • Bibliography

    • Old Catalogue 554* bibliographic details
    • Vase B209 bibliographic details
    • CVA British Museum 4 III H e Pl. 49, 1 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G13/dc8

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:

    2005-2006 26 Nov-26 Feb, Frankfurt, Liebieghaus, 'Egypt, Greece & Rome'
    2015, 26 Mar-5 Jul, The British Museum, Defining Beauty: the body in ancient Greek art.

  • Condition

    Somewhat damaged; white accessories faded.

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1849

  • Department

    Greek & Roman Antiquities

  • Registration number

    1849,0518.10

Pottery: black-figured amphora. On the neck, double honeysuckle. Under the handles, patterns of palmettes and spirals; below, maeander and lotus-buds.  (a) In the centre Memnon to right, bearded and fully armed; on his helmet the figure of a dog, the tail

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Pottery: black-figured amphora. On the neck, double honeysuckle. Under the handles, patterns of palmettes and spirals; below, maeander and lotus-buds. (a) In the centre Memnon to right, bearded and fully armed; on his helmet the figure of a dog, the tail

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