Amphora

Greek, South Italian
Late Classical Period
360–350 B.C.
The Black and White Stripe Group


Place of Manufacture: Italy, Paestum

Catalogue Raisonné

Vase-Painting in Italy (MFA), no. 097.

Dimensions

27.8 cm (10 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

12.423

Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Red Figure

Not On View

Collections

Europe, The Ancient World

Classifications

Vessels

Large palmettes below the handles.
Side A: Girl holding basket and wreath in right hand, mirror in left, running to right towards a stele.
Side B: Winged youth holding a fillet, moving to left away from a stele.

ITALIAN VASE PAINTING in ITALY, # 97 (12.423)
Neck-Amphora
Attributed to the Black and White Stripe Group
360-350 B.C.

A: A woman, holding a basket and wreath in her right hand and a mirror in the left, is running to the right toward a short stele or altar. She turns to look back, perhaps at the Eros on the reverse. She wears a chiton, shoes, necklace, bracelets, a fillet, and a radiate stephane. Down the center of the chiton are the black and white (or in this case, light yellow) stripes that give the goup its name. The basket contains four eggs, which like the wreath, jewelry, and stephane, are rendered in yellow.
B: Eros, holding a long white fillet in both hands, is moving to the left, away from a short stele or altar. He wears a wreath, shoes, bracelets, and a beaded bandoleer, all in white except the shoes, one of which is red and white. A phiale with black dots is in the field at the lower left.
There are large palmettes on both sides of the neck and under the handles. The shoulder on either side is filled with a broad band of black tongues. A band of wave-pattern circles the lower body.
Compare the nearly identical woman on the pelike Paestum 5639 (Trendall, RVP, p. 82, no. 2/116, pl. 43c). The minor vases of the Black and White Stripe Group were produced in the early years of the Asteas workshop.

Provenance

By date unknown: Joseph H. Clark Collection; gift of Joseph H. Clark to MFA, June 6, 1912

Credit Line

Gift of Joseph H. Clark