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Classical red-figure amphora with Hermes, a Satyr and Cephalus

Hand-painted classical red-figure replica amphora depicting on side A: Hermes and a Satyr and on side B: Cephalus

Hand-painted classical red-figure replica amphora depicting on the front side Hermes, the herald of the gods, and a Satyr and on the back side Cephalus, son of Hermes. A unique and beautiful souvenir from Greece! 

The amphora is replica of the original 5th century large amphora, which is currently on permanent display at the Altes Museum and Pergamon Museum in Berlin, Germany. The scene depicted on the side A is attributed to the Berlin Painter, a 5th century Attic Greek vase-painter (conventional name given by the scientific community).
 
Side A: satyr and Hermes. Hermes, also known as Mercury, was one of the Olympian deities in the Ancient Greek religion and Mythology. He is considered the herald of the gods and the protector of human heralds, travellers, thieves, merchants, and orators. He is portrayed holding a large kantharos and a kerykeion (herald's wand) in his forward hand, and a small oinochoe in his hand which he swings behind him. The god strides to the right swinging his arms. He is in a short tunic and chlamys, and wears a winged cap and winged boots.

A satyr stands in front of him facing right, his head turned to the left. He is depicted holding on one hand a barbiton (lyre) in one arm, his fingers splayed across the strings, and on the other, held out behind him, he holds the end of a string attached to the lyre. He is portrayed with a long beard, wearing a wreath, and with his right leg shown in three-quarters view. A fawn stands between the two figures, its head gracefully turned up.

The Satyrs along with the Maenads are the followers of Dionysus, the god of the grape-harvest, winemaking and wine, of fertility, orchards and fruit, vegetation, insanity, ritual madness, religious ecstasy, festivity and theatre. Both are considered as the most significant members of the Thiasus, the god's retinue.

Side B:  Kephalos was an Athenian son of Hermes and Herse. His great beauty caused Eos (goddess of the dawn) to fall in love with him. He was eventually carried off and ravished by her in Syria.

The scenes are decorated above with a drawn band of ivy leaves and grape bunches, Dionysus’s most prominent symbols, and below with a running spiral, a rare pattern ornament in Attic Red Figure vase paintings.


 

Dimensions

14 x 26 x 14 centimeters
5.51 x 10.24 x 5.51 inches

Material

Clay

Color

black-yellow

€300.00

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