Ure Museum Database

Accession_Number 45.10.13
adlib_title Attic black figure amphora
Shape Amphora
Shape_description Fragments of an amphora
Material Terracotta
Fabric Attic
Munsell_color 5YR 6/8
Decoration (i) There is a small part of a motif (partially covered with plaster) that consists of wavy lines. Below it, there are two lines and underneath there are parts of two inverted, palmettes (voluted with petal-shaped divisions) that flank a three-pointed flower with two dots to represent pollen. ii) Between two pairs of lines there is a guilloche (fillets with teardropped terminations interwoven together) with dots among the lines. Below, there is a broad black band, which seems to be interrupted at the right side. (iii) At the left, three parts of vertical, black bands and incisions create part of an object (garment hanging from chair or couch?) In the middle, there is an object- as if it was a grave-stele with a cross-shaped ? ending above which spring two heraldic, white, voluted palmettes (now fadded away), a chiastic motif with dots and horizontal lines on top- but inverted (leg of a bed or couch?). Next to that, there are a figure's part of thighs, knees and calves, close to part of a palmette. (iv) A bearded satyr (seilinos) plays a chorded instrument (lyre), while his himation is hanging in the background. Next to him there is a draped female figure (Demeter?), holding a wreath (black circle) and branches with dots on both sides that surround her. The details on her drapery have been executed with added red and so are those for her head-dress. There are also traces of added white on her neck. On top of the fragment there is part of a motif of tongues contoured with ellipsoid lines and a line that encircles this pattern. v) On the left, there is part of the satyr's lower legs (above the knees towards the feet) and the lower end of his himation. Next to him there is the termination of the female figure's branch, close to a similar inverted grave-stele? and part of an object that resembles an animal paw (lion-shaped foot of chair or couch) . Below these, there is a line on which they seem to step on. Next, a guilloche between two pairs of lines and at the bottom part of a radial-shaped motif with a line that contours it on top. vi) A line and black, teardropped spot. vii) There is a line on whose right top side stands a rectangular object with a rectangular surface in the middle being reserved. Below, part of two lines on top of part of the guilloche. viii) Small part of shoulder and neck: there is a black spot, a thin band, a red line on top of a plastic ring (joining point of neck and shoulder) and part of a tongue-shaped pattern contoured by a line on the shoulder. There is also a part of two lines in the interior. ix) Part of the guilloche, the two lines underneath and the radial-shaped motif at the bottom. x) Tiny bit of the guilloche and the two lines below it and part of the radial-shaped motif. xi) Part of voluted palmette and tongue-shaped motif. xii) Part of the floral motif (of a three-pointed flower)? with lines that form a rhombus with a dot in the middle. xiii) Part of the shoulder and the spring of a handle. On the top there is the tongue-shaped motif, encicled by a line and below it an inverted palmette. The spring of the handle is black and next to it there are short, diagonal incisions. There is also a tiny spot of black colour in the interior. xiv) On the left, part of leaf-shaped (heart-like) motives (part of thyrsos?), close to a band of black colour, of undecipherable shape. Next to that, there is the lower part of a female draped figure, with small crosses on it. At the right side there is black and white colour that forms ovaloid shapes (?). xv) A black band and on the left part of the female drapery.
Condition Thirteen fragments that belong to the same amphora. i Traces of white plaster (exterior) and adhesives (interior). ii) It has been burnt. iii) There are traces of adhesives and added white colour has fadded away. iv) Should be rejoined to xiii Traces of adhesives (interior). v) Should be rejoined to iv and ix. Adhesives inside. vi) Traces of adhesives. vii) Should be rejoined to ix. White plaster (exterior) and adhesives (interior). viii) Plaster on the exterior. ix) Should be rejoined to v, vii and x. Plaster (exterior) and adhesives (interior). Part of the slip has been peeled off and shallow bits have been pitted off. x) Should be rejoined to ix. Plaster on the exterior. xi) Plaster on the exterior. xii) Adhesives on the interior. xiii) Should be rejoined to iv. Plaster on the exterior. xiv) Plaster on the exterior, some scratches and few tiny bits that have been pitted off. xv) Plaster on the exterior.
Technique/Style Black figure
Period Late Archaic
Date 525-500
Archive_Ref reference 1
Height Max. pres. 18.5
Diameters Max. 15.0
Other_dims. Height: i) 4.5 , ii) 5.5, iii) 3.7, iv) 5.2, v) 10.3, vi) 3.0, vii) 2.4, viii) 2.9, ix) 6.4, x) 5.3, xi) 3.4, xii) 2.3, xiii) 6.2, xiv) 6.8, xv) 2.6 Width: i) 11.1, ii) 4.2, iii) 7.4, iv) 9.8, v) 8.6, vi) 3.3, vii) 6.1, viii) 2.2, ix) 9.4, x) 2.2, xi) 5.5, xii) 3.4, xiii) 4.2, xiv) 9.8, xv) 6.8
Location 11.1.3; education
Edited_by Georgia; Amy
Date_edited 17.06.2003; 15.06.2013
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