Black-Figure Neck Amphora

 
Culture
Greek
Creation date
Materials
terracotta with white slip decoration
Dimensions
H: 17 1/2 in.
Credit line
Gift of Mr. & Mrs. Eli Lilly
Accession number
47.42
Collection
Currently On View In
Leah and Charles Redish Gallery - K312

Amphorai were double-handled containers used for storing and carrying oils and wine.

The Leagros Group was a late 6th-century B.C. workshop of talented artists, whose red-figure vases were just beginning to replace vases made in the traditional black-figure technique. On one side, Dionysus and his male followers, called satyrs, carry off two maenads (female worshipers of Dionysus). As the god of wine, Dionysus was a popular figure on amphorai and kraters, which would have been used at drinking parties, or symposia.  His drunken, licentious satyrs offer the kind of raucous camaraderie that would have been at home at an all-male symposium.

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Greek Art

Amphorai were double-handled containers used for storing and carrying oils and wine.

 

The Leagros Group was a late 6th-century B.C. workshop of talented artists, whose red-figure vases were just beginning to replace vases made in the traditional black-figure technique. On one side, Dionysus and his male followers, called satyrs, carry off two maenads (female worshipers of Dionysus). As the god of wine, Dionysus was a popular figure on amphorai and kraters, which would have been used at drinking parties, or symposia.  His drunken, licentious satyrs offer the kind of raucous camaraderie that would have been at home at an all-male symposium.