Terracotta amphora (jar)
Attributed to the manner of the Lysippides Painter
Obverse, combat between two warriors
Reverse, Dionysos, the god of wine, between two satyrs
The Lysippides Painter was a follower of Exekias who specialized in large pots. At the end of the sixth century B.C., such pieces tended to show few figures starkly presented or crowded scenes with complex groupings. The combat here epitomizes the capacity of Greek art to depict the essentials so that a scene remains forceful and meaningful for all time.
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