Attributed to the Painter of London B 343
Greek, Archaic, Attic, black-figure
13 3/8 in. (34 cm)
Gift of Patricia Stickney, 2011 (2011.233)
The stamnos, normally provided with a lid, appears in depictions of symposia (drinking parties), indicating that it contained wine. Stamnoi made in Athens were major exports to the Etruscans in Italy. The decoration here juxtaposes scenes of heroic and contemporary warfare. The chariot evokes a bygone era described in Homer's epics of the Trojan War. The warrior with a snake as the shield device is setting out for battle; the charioteer is already in place. The two figures with pointed caps and eastern dress and the foot soldiers on both sides represent contemporary warriors. The line of soldiers on the reverse is varied by the devices: a rectilinear pinwheel, a human buttock and leg, half of a kantharos (a two-handled cup associated with the wine god Dionysos), the forepart of a bull, and the car of a chariot.