Attic Olpe by the Painter of Vatican G 49, 490-480 BC
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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Ancient World: Greek: Pottery: Pre AD 1000: Item # 1153937
Ostracon Ancient Art
Bernhard I. Müller, PhD
Gallery by appointment
Black-figure gigantomachy theme with Athena fighting a falling giant.
The combatants wear high-crested helmets and hold spears and shields. The shield device of Athena is a white circle; the compass drawn shield of the giant is white and keenly placed amidst the decorated area.
Three white stones in the field make reference to the rock-throwing giants. Branches in the field.
Checkerboard pattern on the front rim, below three lying palmettes and a meander. On the sides bands of alternating dots framed by vertical lines.
White for the female skin, the edge of the aegis, the shield devices and the flying stones.
Applied red for the crests, the lines at the ground line level and the line inside the neck.
The tall vessel shows a torus foot and a strap handle with vestigial arms extending onto the rim.
For a closely related composition with Herakles fighting a falling Amazon cf. vase no. 305641 in the Beazley Archive and CVA The Hague, Musee Scheurleer 1, III. HDEF 6, pl. (029) 5.3. For the date of the vase cf. lot no. 305632 in the Beazley Archive.
Athens, 490-480 BC
H. 24 cm (9.4 in)
Intact vase with eroded and peeled off areas. A few scratches filled and retouched.
Private collection BC, Suisse Romande.
Swiss art market (data will be disclosed to the buyer)
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