The Bateman Amphora (Wine Jar)

The Bateman Amphora (Wine Jar)

c. 530-520 BC

manner of Lysippides Painter


Black-figure terracotta

Overall: 49.5 cm (19 1/2 in.)

The A. W. Ellenberger, Sr., Endowment Fund 1927.433

Fun Fact

In ancient Greece, vase painters often decorated their wares with scenes from myth and epic poetry. Such vessels were used in social settings where these stories were recounted. On this storage jar the god of wine, Dionysus, cavorts with satyrs on one side while armed warriors engage in battle on the other.


The Lysippides Painter worked in both black- and red-figure terracotta, sometimes incorporating both styles on one vase. Vases with this unique combination are called bilingual. He followed the grand style of Exekias, the greatest of black-figure vase painters. Although the Lysippides Painter's style is somewhat more conservative than that of Exekias, it still retains an elegance and delicacy inspired by the great master. Side A: Warriors in a fight; Side B: Dionysus and satyrs

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