Greece

Bilingual amphora

Fired and painted clay
Black and red-figure techniques
Attica (Greece)
Potter: Andokides. Painter: Psiax
530 BC

 

This amphora is thus called because it combines two different decorative techniques: the black-figure technique, and the red-figure technique invented in the workshop of the two innovative artists who made this piece. The contrast between the two faces is accentuated by the scenes they depict: the epiphany of Dionysos before satyrs and maenads, and an assembly of the Olympian gods accompanied by the melodious strumming of Apollo’s kithara.

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The scenes painted on Greek pottery tell us much about daily life in the Greek polis: its social structure, the status of men and women and the activities they performed, and the world of their gods and heroes. The different scenes also bear witness to the importance of Greek trade in the Mediterranean, from the eighth to the fourth century BC, and to the legacy of that ancient culture which still lives on today.

Cratera de la locura de Heracles, detalle

Greece