Decorated in black-figure with Athena Promachos confronted to a couple of giants, one of them defeated and falling backwards. Behind her another fully armoured warrior. The scene depicts a gigantomachy, the war fought between the gods of Olympus and the rebelling giants.
Athena wears a high-crested Attic helmet, the aegis and a long chiton. She yields a spear, her shield is emblazoned with a tripod.
The cuirassed hoplites are similarly armed and wear chitoniskoi. Their shield devices are rings, the one of the fallen giant is the bukranion. The warrior on the left carries a sword.
Nonsensical inscriptions in the field. Details in added red.
Athena Promachos is a recurrent subject on lekythoi of the Athena Painter, usually in the context of gigantomachies.
For related examples, cf. CVA Gela, vol. 4, pl. 37, 1-3, and Metropolitan Museum New York, 07.286.68, ABV (1956), 522/30, Beazley archive no. 330736.
Beazley, J.D., Attic Black-Figure Vase-Painters (Oxford, 1956): 522
Athens, 500-480 BC
H. 23 cm (9.1 in)
Reconstituted from fragments. Bluish iridescent glaze. Part of the shoulder restored and repainted. The area near the head of the giant on the right pitted. Glaze peeled off on the chiton of the Athena. Small section of her aegis and foot of the leftmost hoplite repainted.
German private collection and art market September 2008.
Joined by a search of the Art Loss Register London, dated February 20, 2013.
The authenticity of the object is unconditionally guaranteed.