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Yale 1913.133

RED-FIGURE NOLAN AMPHORA


Lent by the Yale University Art Gallery; gift of Rebecca Darlington Stoddard (1913.133)


Height: 12 15/16 in. (32.7 cm.)


Intact save for chip on rim; surface dented on A.


Side A: Athena. Athena stands to left holding a javelin. In her extended right arm she holds an Attic helmet. She is dressed in chiton, himation, and aegis with her hair in a diadem with upright leaves and the ends rolled in a snood.

Side B: Hermes. Holding his caduceus in one hand, he advances towards Athena on the other side. His petasos is slung on his back, and his chlamys caught up at the right shoulder. He wears a chitoniskos decorated with crosses under his chlamys, boots, and an ivy wreath in his hair.

Both figures stand on strips of simple key pattern to the right. Under the handles, hanging palmettes and tendrils. On the neck on A, upright and inverted palmettes, tendrils, and dots; on B, three palmettes with egg pattern below.

Dilute glaze: pattern and folds of Athena's chiton, scales of her aegis, her necklace; anatomical details of Hermes.

Red: Athena's bracelets, string on her snood, ties of Hermes' hat and boots, his ivy wreath.


Attributed to the Berlin Painter [Beazley] ca. 480 B. C.

The Berlin Painter applies a new principle to the decoration of amphorae: a single figure on each side standing on a ground line but otherwise unframed. He is a master of the system of "bare decoration" (Beazley 1964, 2). Although on opposite sides, Athena and Hermes can be thought of as together. The vase has been placed by Beazley in the middle period of the Berlin Painter's oeuvre. The drawing of the floral band on the neck is unusual and seems to be a carry-over from his early period (ARV2, 219).


Bibliography

Beazley 1918, 38; Hoppin 1919, p. 63, no. 30; Hambidge 1920, 57, fig. 19; Baur 1922, 89, pl. 8; Poulsen 1927, pl. 10, 17; ARV2, 201, no. 71 and p. 219.

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