|Collection:||University Museums, University of Mississippi|
|Summary:||Side A: Triptolemos. Side B: Demeter.|
|Ware:||Attic Red Figure|
|Painter:||Attributed to the Berlin Painter|
|Date:||ca. 470 BC|
H 0. 346 m.; D 0.19 m.
Beazley describes as "very late".
Some cracks have been repainted.
The vessel is a small neck-amphora with ridged handles. It has a torus foot, with a reserved band at the bottom. There is a slight base fillet, and a fillet at the juncture of the neck and the body. There is a meander pattern on each side just below the design.
Side A: Triptolemos is shown seated to the right in his winged car. His long hair falls in zigzag curls down his back. He wears a chiton and himation, and holds a lotus-topped scepter upright in his left hand. The seat of the car is supported by a single shaft rising from the axle. Three sideposts support the handrail, and on each side a great wing extends back and upwards from the axle. Side B: Demeter stands in profile to the left, holding a blazing torch in each hand. She wears an Ionic chiton and himation, and in her hair she wears a polos.
Black relief lines are used for the chief anatomical markings and for the folds of the drapery. The fringe of hair over the foreheads and the long curls are in thin black over a reddish wash. The same dilute reddish-orange is used for the fine folds of the chitons, for the spots on the wings, the decorative lines on the torches, and some anatomical details. The flames of the torches were a dark red, which has almost completely worn off.
These scenes are related to the festival of the Eleusinian Mysteries, which celebrated Triptolemos' introduction of grain to humanity. (Bérard, 114-120).
Gift of Helen Tudor Robinson, 1960. Formerly in D.M. Robinson collection, Harvard Inv. 184. Purchased in Paris.
A City of Images (Princeton, 1989) 109-120 Archaeological News 2 (1973) 33, fig. 1