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Ancient Art
Artist, attributed to: Group E, Greek, Attic, active 560-540 B.C.

Black-Figure Amphora; A: Birth of Athena; B: Frontal Chariot

ca. 540 B.C.

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

40.9 × 29 × 28.2 cm (16 1/8 × 11 7/16 × 11 1/8 in.)
diameter of foot: 14.5 cm (5 11/16 in.)
diameter of mouth: 14 cm (5 1/2 in.)
Leonard C. Hanna, Jr., Class of 1913, Fund
On view
Greek, Attic
Containers - Ceramics

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.


Cornelius Vermeule and Dietrich von Bothmer, “Notes on a New Edition of Michaelis, Part III,” American Journal of Archaeology 63 (1959): 340–41.

Frank Brommer, “Die Geburt der Athena,” Jahrbuch des romisch-germanischen Zentralmuseums Mainz 8 (1961): 68, 75, no. 3.

Christie’s London, London, Christie’s London, April 30, 1975, sale cat. (April 30, 1975), lot 60.

Alan W. Johnston, Trademarks on Greek Vases (Warminster, England: Aris & Phillips, 1979), 77, no. 12.

Christie’s New York, New York, Christie’s New York, May 11, 1983, sale cat. (May 11, 1983), lot 334.

“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.

Susan B. Matheson, Greek Vases: A Guide to the Yale Collection, 1st ed. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1988), 12–13, ill.

Beazley Addenda: Additional References to ABV, ARV2 and Paralipomena, 2nd (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1989), 36.

Handbook of the Collections, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1992), 261, ill.

Thomas Mannack, “Beazley Archive Database,” http://www.beazley.ox.ac.uk/xdb/ASP/browse.asp?tableName=qryData&newwindow=&BrowseSession=1&companyPage=Contacts&newwindowsearchclosefrombrowse= (accessed 1997–2019).

Mark D. Stansbury-O’Donnell, Pictorial Narrative in Ancient Greek Art (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999), 96–98, fig. 41.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Susan B. Matheson, Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum, Yale University Art Gallery (Darmstadt, Germany: Verlag Philipp von Zabern, 2016), 1–3, no. 1, pls. 64–66.

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