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Elgin amphora
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This splendid neck-handled amphora was made during Greece’s Geometric period (900—700 вс) and has been restored from fragments excavated in Athens in 1804-6. It was probably used to hold wine at the funerary feast of a wealthy individual and then placed in his tomb, perhaps along with some smaller vases and a bronze dinos (cauldron) containing his ashes.

The amphora has elaborate painted geometric decoration which displays remarkable skill and precision. It can be attributed to an artist known as the Dipylon к Painter, named after the ancient gate of Athens next to the cemetery where many of his works have been found. He and his workshop specialized in the production of large vessels, especially funerary markers. One of their innovations was the expansion of the web of complex geometric ornament to cover the whole surface of a vase.

Elgin amphora

From Athens, Greece, c. 750 вс
Ht 67 cm
Acquired with the assistance of the British Museum Friends, the Art Fund, the Caryatid Fund, Alexander Talbot Rice and the Society of Dilettanti

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