Chalcidian neck-amphora

Archaic Period
about 520–510 B.C.


24.8 cm (9 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Black Figure

Not On View


The Ancient World



On the neck, lotus-buds, with red leaves. Red and black dentils on the shoulder, and a thin red groundline above the broad band.
Side A: Ram, lion, and rosettes.
Side B: Two Sirens flanking palmetted lotus-bud. White and red on the Sirens, and red in the heart of the palmette and lotus-bud.
Under each handle, an owl. Neck and foot (piece of each) broken and repaired.


By date unknown: with Ars Antiqua AG, Haldenstrasse 5, Lucerne, Switzerland (auction 2, Hotel Schweizerhof, Lucerne, May 14, 1960, lot 129); by 1962: with Hesperia Art, 2219 St. James Place, Philadelphia 3, Pa.; March 14, 1962: purchased by MFA from Hesperia Art for $ 975.-

Credit Line

John Wheelock Elliot and John Morse Elliot Fund