Attic Black-figure amphora showing Achilles and Ajax playing a game - ROM2018_16819_13

ROM2018_16819_13

Attic Black-figure amphora showing Achilles and Ajax playing a game

Maker: Attributed to the Toulouse Painter
Medium:Wheel-thrown earthenware, slip-painted with incised detail
Geography: Made in Athens, Greece; found in Vulci, Etruria, Italy
Date: about 525-500 BC
Period: Greek Archaic period
Dimensions:
22.2 x 14.6 cm
Object number: 925.97
Not on view
DescriptionThis Athenian neck-amphora (wine jar) is decorated in black-figure technique. On one side it shows two warriors, their shields and helmets set aside, seated over a gaming table and playing a game, perhaps dice. An extremely similar scene on a vase by Exekias identifies the warriors as Ajax and Achilles. On the other side of the vase is Herakles, wearing his lion skin, attacking the centaur Nessos, who holds a rock. In the background stands an old man, perhaps Oineus, and veiled woman, probably Deineira. On the base is a graffitti. This vase is attributed to the Toulouse Painter by Beazley.
Collection:
Greek World
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