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Amphora Depicting a Chariot, Two Warriors, an Old Man and a Woman

Amphora Depicting a Chariot, Two Warriors, an Old Man and a Woman

Date: early 5th Century BC
Medium: clay
10 1/2 × 6 1/2 × 6 1/2 in. (26.7 × 16.5 × 16.5 cm)
Credit Line: Gift of Manuel Ortiz, Jr., 1955
Object number: SN1487
On View: Art Museum Gallery 17
About this ObjectHard, fine, reddish-brown clay. Ovoid with wide base; broad concave neck; flaring rim; two attached triple-handles from shoulder to neck.

Side A: four-horse chariot drawn by female figure holding rein and, standing beside her, a warrior holding a spear; Side B: two standing warriors facing left with old man holding staff at left and female figure at right. Attributed to the Edinburgh Painter.

Surface lightly pitted; glaze worn in places.

The black-figure technique of decoration was perfected in Athens during the sixth century B.C. The Edinburgh Painter was a late practitioner of this style and used a mixture of red-figure technique and white paint in some details. This vase shows a lively quadriga (four-horse chariot) carrying armored figures on the main face while the reverse shows a conclave of warriors and civilians or gods. The painter’s skill is exemplified in the quick-paced movement of the horses and their excited expressions.
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