Black-Figure Amphora; A: Birth of Athena; B: Frontal Chariot Artist, attributed to: Group E (Greek, Attic, active 560-540 B.C.)

ca. 540 B.C.

Ancient Art

On view, 1st floor, Ancient Art

Terracotta; black-figure, with added red and white slip


16 1/8 × 11 7/16 × 11 1/8 in. (40.9 × 29 × 28.2 cm)
diameter of foot: 5 11/16 in. (14.5 cm)
diameter of mouth: 5 1/2 in. (14 cm)

Credit Line

Leonard C. Hanna, Jr., Class of 1913, Fund

Accession Number





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Possibly from Vulci; possibly Campanari; Lord St. Oswald, Nostell Priory; sale of the above, Christie's London, 30 April 1975, lot 60; John S. Samuels, III, New York, acquired from the above, 1975; sale of the above, Christies New York, 11 May 1983, lot 334; Yale University Art Gallery, acquired from the above, 1983.
  • Susan B. Matheson, Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum, Yale University Art Gallery (Darmstadt, Germany: Verlag Philipp von Zabern, 2016), 1–3, no. 1, pls. 64–66
  • Michaela Stark, Göttliiche Kinder: Ikonographische Untersuchung zu den Dartsellungskonzeptionen von Gott unk Kind bzw. Gott und Mensch in der grieschischen Kunst (Weisbaden, Germany: Franz Steiner, 2012), 262, no. Ath s V10
  • Jenifer Neils and John H. Oakley, Striving for Excellence: Ancient Greek Childhood and the Olympic Spirit (New York: Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation, 2004), 13–14, fig. 2
  • Jenifer Neils and John H. Oakley, eds., Coming of Age in Ancient Greece: Images of Childhood from the Classical Past, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 2003), 116, 206–7, no. 5, ill
  • Susan B. Matheson, Art for Yale: A History of the Yale University Art Gallery (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2001), 63, fig. 51
  • Mark D. Stansbury-O'Donnell, Pictorial Narrative in Ancient Greek Art (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999), 96–98, fig. 41
  • Thomas Mannack, "Beazley Archive Database," (accessed 1997–2019),
  • Handbook of the Collections, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1992), 261, ill
  • Beazley Addenda: Additional References to ABV, ARV2 and Paralipomena, 2nd (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1989), 36
  • "Acquisitions 1983," Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin 39, no. 2 (Fall 1984), 10–11, front and back cover ills., fig. 4,5
  • Susan B. Matheson, "Two New Greek Vases for Yale," Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin 39, no. 2 (Fall 1984), 8–11, front and back cover ills., fig. 4–5
  • Christie's New York, New York, Christie's New York, May 11, 1983, sale cat. (May 11, 1983), lot 334
  • Alan W. Johnston, Trademarks on Greek Vases (Warminster, England: Aris & Phillips, 1979), 77, no. 12
  • Christie's London, London, Christie's London, April 30, 1975, sale cat. (April 30, 1975), lot 60
  • Frank Brommer, "Die Geburt der Athena," Jahrbuch des romisch-germanischen Zentralmuseums Mainz 8 (1961), 68, 75, no. 3
  • Cornelius Vermeule and Dietrich von Bothmer, "Notes on a New Edition of Michaelis, Part III," American Journal of Archaeology 63 (1959), 340–41
  • Sir John Davidson Beazley, Attic Black-Figure Vase-Painters, 1st (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1956), 135, no. 46
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Object/Work type

amphorae, utilitarian objects


Dipinto, added red, under the foot. A. W. Johnston, Trademarks on Greek Vases (Warminster 1979) 77, type 17A, no. 12.

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