From:Teece Museum of Classical Antiquities
About this objectThis vessel is the only complete example of a neck-amphora in the Logie Collection. Neck-amphorae are distinguished by having narrower necks, often meeting the shoulders of the vessel at a sharp angle. They would have been used in daily life as a container for dry goods, and may have had a lid.
On Side A of this Athenian red-figure vase is a woman holding an oinochoe (wine jug) standing before regal man, who leans on a sceptre and holds a phiale (shallow ceramic or metal bowl used to give libations) in his right hand. This may be a representation of the god Zeus with his daughter Hebe. On Side B is a cloaked male, facing left, with his right hand outstretched.
This neck-amphora is attributed to Hermonax who was a pupil of the reknowned Berlin Painter. This amphora features his master’s style, as the Berlin Painter was well known for depicting figures on vases as if they were spot lit against a black background.
The Hermonax Painter has placed the figures on a high ground-line and as a result their heads rest on the shoulder of the amphora. It has been suggested that the object was meant to be viewed from above rather than from in front.
MakerAttributed to Hermonax
Date Made470-460 BC
Medium and MaterialsCeramic: pottery
Style and IconographyAttic
Style and IconographyRed-figure
TechniqueThrowing (pottery technique)
TechniqueSlip trailing (relief line)
MeasurementsHeight 358mm; Diameter 185mm
Named CollectionThe James Logie Memorial Collection, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
Credit LineDonated by MK Steven, 1957.
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