Black-Figure Nikosthenic Amphora (Storage Vessel): Dancing Youths; Sphinxes and Lions; Satyrs and Maenads

Black-Figure Nikosthenic Amphora (Storage Vessel): Dancing Youths; Sphinxes and Lions; Satyrs and Maenads

c. 530–510 BC


signed by Nikosthenes

(Greek, Attic, active c. 545-510 BC)


attributed to Painter N, Thiasos Group

(Greek, c. 530-510 BC)


Diameter: 16.9 cm (6 5/8 in.); Overall: 31.1 cm (12 1/4 in.); Diameter of rim: 13.3 cm (5 1/4 in.); Diameter of foot: 10.7 cm (4 3/16 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1974.10


Did you know?

The painter of this vase decorated nearly every available surface; the undecorated handle section is modern.


The distinctive shape of this amphora is a trademark of the potter Nikosthenes, who signed his name below one handle. More than 100 vases are known to be from the same workshop; almost all of them were found in Etruria. Although they were made in Greece, they appealed much more to an Etruscan clientele because the form was modeled on Etruscan metal and clay prototypes. On the neck, two youths dance around a krater. On the shoulder is a sphinx between two lions. On the body is a continuous procession of seven dancing satyrs alternating with six dancing women.

See also
GR - Greek
Greek and Roman Art
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