Year: 500-490 a.C.
Dimension: Higth 20 cm
Intact, paint losses
Greek, V century B.C. Class of Athena Painter. Attic black figure decorated pottery oinochoe, having a trefoil lip and applied loop type handle. Decorated in a large front register with two helmeted warriors holding spears and shields, in battle, large round shield in centre. A spread winged bird in flight between both of their legs and a mauve painted bird in the centre of one shield. Some scattered paint losses. Provenance: Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Feuer, NY., acquired from Harmer Rooke Galleries, NYC., 1970s.
The Athena Painter was an Attic black-figure vase painter, active about 490 to 460 BC. His speciality were white-ground lekythoi painted in the black-figure style. His pseudonym, for his real name is unknown, refers to his preference for Athena in his choice of subjects. He was one of the last generation of black figure technique painters. His black-figure work was of high quality. Apart from lekythoi, he mainly painted oinochai. Some archaeologists identify him with the red-figure Bowdoin Painter. They may, however, simply have worked in the same workshop. His workshop was one of the production centres that developed the painting of white-ground lekythoi, which was to become especially important in the 5th century B.C.