Attic Late Geometric Spouted Neck-Handled Amphora (Storage Vessel) with BirdsLate Geometric
750 BCE - 730 BCE
15 3/4 x 9 13/16 x 9 13/16 in. (40 x 25 x 24.9 cm)
Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: P.2152
Geography: Europe, Greece, Athens
Classification: Containers and Vessels; Vessels; Amphorae
Culture/Nationality: Probably Attic
Keywords Click a term to view the records with the same keywordThis object has the following keywords:
- 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.
- Attic - Style and culture of the region of Attica. For culture particular to the capital of Attica, Athens, use "Athenian."
- Aves - The class of vertebrate animals that are typically bipedal and warm-blooded, lay large-yolked hardshelled eggs, often arboreal, and possessing feathers, hollow bones, forelimbs adapted for flight (although some have lost the ability to fly) and hindlimbs for perching and locomotion, a four-chambered heart, keen vision, a horny beak without teeth, and a large muscular stomach. Birds arose from theropod dinosaurs, which were an order of carnivorous dinosaurs.
- Late Geometric - Refers to the most advanced phase of Geometric style, dating to the mid- and late eighth century BCE and appearing across a wide geographical area. It varied significantly in different locations, but in general it is characterized in vase painting by a sophistication in the representation of figures and animals, including the portrayal of recognizable mythological figures and narrative scenes. Sculpture from this period depicts a wide variety of animals and human figures that are stylized, but more naturalistic than in earlier art.
- Maltese crosses - Crosses having four splayed arms; it is an eight-pointed cross comprising four deep V-shapes joined together at their apex, so that each arm has two points. The cross was originally the symbol of medieval Amalfi, a small Italian republic. The form has been in use since the First Crusade, when the eight points represented the eight facets of courage: loyalty, piety, honesty, bravery, honor, fearlessness, charity, and obedience to the church.
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Exhibition ListThis object was included in the following exhibitions:
- A Century Affirmed in the Bryn Mawr College Collections Bryn Mawr College , Apr 18, 1984 – Dec 7, 1984
- Ancient Greece: Life and Art The Newark Museum , Feb 2, 1980 – Mar 16, 1980
- Aspects of Ancient Greece Allentown Art Museum , Sep 16, 1979 – Dec 30, 1979
- The Age of Homer University Museum, University of Pennsylvania , Dec 12, 1969 – Mar 14, 1970
Owner Name: Anonymous Donor
Place: Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvnia, USA
Disposal Method: Donation
Ownership Start Date: 1966
Ownership End Date: 1966
Owner Name: Hesperia Art
Place: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Acquisition Method: Purchased at Auction (Münzen und Medaillen)
Disposal Method: Sale
Ownership Start Date: 1963
Owner Name: Münzen und Medaillen Auction
Disposal Method: Sold at Auction
Ownership End Date: 1963
Owner Name: Lord Elgin, Edward Bruce, 10th Earl of Elgin
Place: Broomhall House, Fife, Scotland
Disposal Method: Sold (Münzen und Medaillen)
Ownership End Date: 1963
Bibliography ListThe following Bibliography exist for this object:
Brunilde Sismondo Ridgway, PhD
and Gloria Ferrari Pinney.
Aspects of Ancient Greece.
Allentown Art Museum.
Allentown, PA, 1979
Page Number: 10-11, Figure Number: 1
Ancient Greece: Life and Art
The Newark Museum.
Newark, New Jersey, 1980
Page Number: 2, Figure Number: 5
Philip P. Betancourt,
Check-list of Objects for The Age of Homer
University of Pennsylvania.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1970
Page Number: 16, Figure Number: 35
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