Elgin Amphora by Dipylon Workshop, Athens

The geometric pottery amphora is made up from 15 fragments which have recently been restored.

Details

Medium:
Fired clay
Dimensions:
Height: 67 cm
Art Fund grant:
£40,000 ( Total: £170,000)
Acquired in:
2004
Vendor:
Trustees of Stanford Place Collection

The surface is covered with an intricate web of half-tone decoration. An elaborate 'tapestry' pattern fills the widest zone around the middle, a chequerboard motif decorates the shoulder and an elongated double meander emphasises the elegant neck. A frieze of water birds fills the narrow zone below the rim. This work was acquired with assistance from the Wolfson Foundation.

Provenance

Fragments owned by Lord Elgin; by descent; John Hewett, 1950s; Hon. Robert Erskine; Sotheby's, 1994 (fragment only), remainder purchased privately. Fragment ex Broomhall - Classical Antiquities, 1986. Previously on loan to the British Museum.

Venue details

British Museum Great Russell Street, LONDON London WC1B 3DG 020 7323 8299 www.britishmuseum.org

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