Collection: Munich, Antikensammlungen
Summary: Side A: Satyr. Side B: Satyr.
Ware: Attic Red Figure
Painter: Attributed to the Berlin Painter
Context: From Vulci
Date: ca. 500 BC - ca. 480 BC

H 0.52 m.

Primary Citation: ARV2, 197, 9, 1633; Beazley Addenda 2, 190.
Shape: Panathenaic amphora
Beazley Number: 201817
Region: Etruria
Period: Late Archaic

Date Description:

Beazley considers this vase to be among the early work of the painter.


Slight repainting on the leg of one satyr.

Decoration Description:

Side A: Satyr. A satyr, moving to the right, playing a lyre looks back over this shoulder. Naked, wreathed, and bearded, the figure is given a snub nose and horse ears and tail. He is also shown as having a receding hair line.

Side B: Satyr. The satyr on this side also moves to the right playing a lyre. His right hand holding the plektron is shown as swung back behind his body. The rendering of the satyr is the same as on Side A, only this satyr has full blondish hair, indicated by the use of dilute glaze over heavier strokes.

The Berlin Painter favors compositions with single figures. As on this vase he often places figures without a ground line, in what is often called free field decoration, so that they stand out as if spot lit from the black glaze background.

Shape Description:

The red figure amphora of Panathenaic shape with its narrow neck and foot is a favorite of the Berlin Painter in his early period. Few other painters decorate this shape. The painter appears to stop decorating red figure Panathenaics some time before ca. 480.

Collection History:

Once in the Candelori collection

Sources Used:

CVA, Munich 4, pls. 193; 195, 1-2; Kurtz 1989