Black-Figure Neck-Amphora (Storage Vessel): Herakles and Nemean Lion (A); Dionysos, Satyrs, and Maenads (B)

Black-Figure Neck-Amphora (Storage Vessel): Herakles and Nemean Lion (A); Dionysos, Satyrs, and Maenads (B)

515-510 BC

attributed to Painter of Berlin 1899

(Greek, Attic)

Ceramic

Overall: 39.8 cm (15 11/16 in.); Diameter: 29 cm (11 7/16 in.)

Andrew R. and Martha Holden Jennings Fund 1970.16

Did you know?

The amphora was one of the most popular vase shapes at the end of the 6th century BC.

Description

The amphora was one of the most popular vase shapes towards the end of the 6th century BC. The expansive belly of this vase is well-suited to the more active and voluminous figures introduced in the 6th century. Side A: Herakles wrestles with the Nemean lion while Athena looks on. To the left is his nephew, Iolaos, holding his uncle's wooden club. Side B: Dionysus celebrates a drunken thiasos (reveling scene) with satyrs and maenads.

See also
Collection: 
GR - Greek
Department: 
Greek and Roman Art
Type of artwork: 
Ceramic
Medium: 
Ceramic

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