Side A: neck

Side A: close-up of belly

Handle: right of side A

Side B: oblique from right

Side B: oblique from left

Handle: right of side B

Collection: Cambridge, Harvard University Art Museums
Summary: Bands of palmettes, crescents, buds, and other patternwork.
Ware: Fikellura
Context: From Rhodes
Date: ca. 540 BC - ca. 540 BC

H. 0.366 m.; D. 0.30 m.

Shape: Neck amphora
Region: Dodecanese
Period: Archaic


Broken and repaired, with restoration in plaster of part of one handle and large fragments from the rim (all of one side), the center of one side, and beneath one handle. No repainting.

Decoration Description:

Decoration in matt black slip on a ground of creamy buff slip. The entire vase is decorated from mouth to foot with bands of patternwork. There are tongues on the mouth and on the lower body above the foot. On either side of the neck, pointing upwards and framed by black bands and stripes, is a row of lotus buds alternating with lotus flowers. On either side of the shoulder are two superimposed bands, the upper one of alternating lotus buds and flowers (pointing down), and the broader, lower one with a row of upright palmettes enclosed by tendrils which curve in volutes resembling Ionic capitals. Between each volute is a smaller, upright palmette, and below this a lotus flower pointing downwards. Below the shoulder, a band of crescents framed by narrower bands of dentils circles the vase at it widest diameter. Below this, most of the lower body is filled by a broad band of dotted scale-pattern. Below this is a narrow band of key-pattern to left, followed by another band of crescents, running to the left (the crescents above run to the right). The outer surfaces of the handles are black, as are the shoulder and neck beneath the handles.

Shape Description:

Essentially the standard Fikellura neck-amphora shape, descended from Wild Goat Style examples, with characteristic flange at the juncture of neck and body, cylindrical neck, echinus mouth, steep shoulders, triple-reeded handles, and flaring ring foot.

Material Description:

Buff clay.

Collection History:

Bequest of David M. Robinson

Sources Used:

Robinson Exhibition 1961; CVA, Robinson 1.

Other Bibliography:

Cook 1933-34, 11, no. 7; CVA, Robinson 1, 35, pl. 16, 7.