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Ancient Greek (active ca. 530 BCE - ca. 510 BCE) Primary

Attic Black-Figure Amphora (Storage Vessel) Fragment with Figural Scene

530 BCE - 510 BCE

greatest length
14 9/16 x 14 1/2 x 5/16 in. (37 x 36.8 x 0.8 cm)

Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: P.177
Other Number(s): 66 (Joseph Clark Hoppin's Paul Hartwig Purchase List Number)
Geography: Europe, Greece, Attica
Classification: Containers and Vessels; Vessels; Amphorae
Culture/Nationality: Greek, Athenian

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  • amphorae - Ancient Greek and Roman storage vessels of many variations usually having a large oval body with a narrow neck and two or more handles extending from the mouth or neck to the shoulders on the body.
  • Animalia - Kingdom containing multicellular organisms having cells bound by a plasma membrane and organized into tissue and specialized tissue systems that permit them to either move about in search of food or to draw food toward themselves. Unable to make their own food within themselves, as photosynthetic plants do, they rely on consuming preformed food. They possess a nervous system with sensory and motor nerves, enabling them to receive environmental stimuli and to respond with specialized movements.
  • Archaic - Refers to the pottery style found in Persia around 6000 BCE. The style is characterized by fine, plain buff pottery tempered with straw that is sometimes decorated with simple red or orange painted designs.
  • Attic - Style and culture of the region of Attica. For culture particular to the capital of Attica, Athens, use "Athenian."
  • Black-figure - Refers to a style of Greek vase painting that developed from the Geometric and Orientalizing styles. It appeared in Corinth around 720 BCE, flourished in Attica by 600 BCE, and was found in Sparta, eastern Greece, and elsewhere, until the Red-figure style gradually replaced it in the late sixth century BCE. The style is characterized by a particular technique, which is characterized by the use of a refined slip, a two-stage firing process, and sintering to create black figures in silhouette on a red ground. Details were incised into the black figures or applied in purple or white pigment.
  • chariots - Ancient Mesopotamian, Egyptian, Greek, and Roman animal-drawn, wheeled vehicles with a wide range of uses and forms, usually driven from the standing position and most often with two wheels; probably developed in Mesopotamia around the early 3rd millenium and could be pulled by up to ten animals.
  • sherds - Limited to fragments of pottery or glass.
  • shields - General term for armor pieces carried in the hand or on the arm, used to parry an opponent's blows or provide shelter from projectiles. They have existed worldwide throughout history in a wide variety of sizes, shapes, and materials.
  • vase paintings - Refers to two-dimensional decoration applied to pottery by using paint made of metallic oxides or other pigments held in suspension in slip or another medium. The term is particularly used to refer to Ancient Greek red- and black-figure works. See also "porcelain paintings (visual works)."

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Exhibition List
This object was included in the following exhibitions:
  • Ancient Life on Greek Pottery Bryn Mawr College , Mar 30, 2015 – Jun 1, 2015

  • greatest length Dimensions: 14 9/16 x 14 1/2 x 5/16 in. (37 x 36.83 x 0.794 cm)

  • Owner Name: Joseph Clark Hoppin
    Role: Donor
    Place: Bryn Mawr, PA
    Acquisition Method: Purchased from Paul Hartwig
    Disposal Method: Donated to Bryn Mawr College
    Ownership Start Date: 1901
    Ownership End Date: 1901

  • Owner Name: Paul Hartwig
    Role: Collector, Seller
    Place: Rome (?)
    Acquisition Method: unknown
    Disposal Method: Sold to Joseph Clark Hoppin
    Ownership Start Date: unknown
    Ownership End Date: 1901

Bibliography List
The following Bibliography exist for this object:
  • M. F. Jongkees-Vos, Scythian Archers in Archaic Attic Vase-Painting J. B. Wolters. Groningen, Netherlands, 1963
    Page Number: 97 no. 52, 9, 41 and 51
  • Francois Lissarrague, L'Autre Guerrier Editions La Decouverte & Ecole francaise de Rome. Paris & Rome, 1990
    Page Number: 261, catalog # A196
  • Mary Hamilton Swindler, "The Bryn Mawr Collection of Greek Vases," American Journal of Archaeology 20, no. 3 (1916): 318-319, Figure Number: 6.

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