Black-figure Amphora (Storage Vessel) with Lid (Primary Title)

attributed to the, Painter of Munich 1410 or associate (Artist)

ca. 530 BC
Greek (Attic)
Overall (with lid): 23 × 15 5/8 in. (58.42 × 39.688 cm)

“With that challenge he sprang from his chariot fully armed and hit the ground. A terrific din of bronze rang from the captain’s chest, striking toward attack. Fear would have gripped the staunchest man and made his knees give way.” – Homer, Iliad

The charioteer steadies the horses as a heavily armed warrior bids farewell to his comrades. Although by the 6th century BC Greeks no longer used chariots in warfare, Homeric heroes travel into battle on chariots and dismount to fight; the charioteer would stay with the chariot, ready to help the warrior make a hasty retreat!

depinto on underside of foot. See E. B÷hr, p. 111 and Alan Johnston letters to file 10/13/82 ("56.27.3 is of course Etruscan") and 3/7/84 ("Etruscan lat. lart(h) is far more common").
Adolph D. and Wilkins C. Williams Fund
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