Ancient Greece, Athens, ca. 5th century BCE. This piece has been TL Tested and comes with a report from the Kotalla Laboratory in Germany confirming its age to be 2500 years old +/- 25 years. A large and impressive terracotta amphora with both sides expertly painted in red figure, a technique that allowed for remarkable, naturalistic representations of the figures' anatomy and movement. On Side A, the painter depicted an aroused satyr carrying the thyrsus (the rod of Dionysus tipped with a pine cone) pursuing a nymph. On Side B, a pair of satyrs facing one another, one with a drinking cup crafted from an animal horn, the other presenting an animal skin. In accordance with Greek mythology, satyrs were a posse of male companions of Dionysos with horse-like features; note the rather equine tails and the raucous bacchanalian atmosphere conveyed by the scenes. Attic painted vases generally depict mature satyrs with strong, muscular builds, large pointed ears, long curly hair, full beards, and balding heads (sometimes adorned with wreaths or vines) as we see in this example. Truly an exceptional Attic treasure, replete with rich iconography and brilliant artistry! Size: 17-1/4" x 11-1/2" at widest (43.8 x 29.2 cm).
Condition: Repaired from several pieces, minor in-painting. Has been TL Tested and comes with a report from the Kotalla Laboratory in Germany confirming its age to be 2500 years old +/- 25 years.
Provenance: Ex-private collection of S. Young, East Coast USA.
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