Project Description

Black-figure and red-figure pottery techniques were used between the sixth and fourth centuries BCE in Athens to decorate fine pottery. The potter would use a wheel to shape the clay into a recognizable vessel. In some cases the neck and body were thrown separately and attached later using a slip that would harden in the firing process. In the black-figure technique, figural and decorative painting was applied with a slip that turned black during firing while the background remained the red color of the clay. The amphora was designed to store and transport wine and food. This black-figure amphora has the depiction of two warriors marching towards the right with spears in hand on one side. The opposite side depicts a winged horse, probably Pegasus, galloping ahead.

-Haley Boothe, Class of 2016

Object Details

6th cen. BCE
6 1/2" x 3 1/2"
Departmental Purchase