Attic black-figure amphora showing a duel between warriors (possibly Ajax and Achilles) - ROM2012_12849_25

ROM2012_12849_25

Attic black-figure amphora showing a duel between warriors (possibly Ajax and Achilles)

Maker: Attributed to the Antimenes Painter
Medium:Wheel-thrown earthenware, slip-painted with incised detail.
Geography: Made in Athens, Greece. Probably found in Vulci, Eturia, Italy.
Date: c. 525 BC
Period: Greek Archaic period
Dimensions:
49.2 x 33.4 cm
Object number: 926.19.2
On view
Gallery Location:Gallery of Greece
DescriptionAthenian amphora decorated in black-figure technique.  On one side are two warriors fighting with spears.  They wear helmets and carry Boeotian-type shields. This may be the abortive dual between Ajax and Hector described in Book 7 of the Iliad, since there is an inscription on the amphora which may identify Ajax.  On the other side is a warrior wearing a helmet and carrying spears mounted behind a charioteer on a four-horse chariot (quadriga). To the right stands an archer wearing a Scythian costume. The frontal view of the charioteer's face is very unusual in Athenian vase painting.  On the base is a painted graffito.  Attributed to the Antimenes Painter by Beazley.
Collection:
Greek World
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