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Attic Black-Figure Plate with Gorgon's Head and Bands of Animals
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Attic Black-Figure Plate with Gorgon's Head and Bands of Animals


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Description This rare plate was decorated by one of Athens' most important early vase-painters, for whom the Gorgon (a creature with a frightening grimace and snakes for hair) was a favorite subject. Mythical beings such as Gorgons, sphinxes (with a woman's head, an eagle's wings, and a lion's body), and sirens (with a woman's head and a bird's body), all depicted here, were inspired by Eastern models. An owl, panther, goat, lion, and siren form a lively procession around the rim.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
7/27/1987Treatmentx-ray
Exhibitions
  • The Centaur's Smile: The Human Animal in Early Greek Art. Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton. 2003-2004.
Provenance Joseph Brummer; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1927, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1927

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Period
ca. 600 BC (Early Archaic)
Medium
terracotta, wheel made; black figure
(Ceramics)
Accession Number
48.215
Measurements
1 5/8 x 12 13/16 in. (4.2 x 32.5 cm) (h. x diam.)
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