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Lot 43

Estimate: 3'500 GBP   |   Starting price: 2'400 GBP Price realized: 3'500 GBP

Etruscan black figure neck amphora
Attributed to the Micali painter, ca. 530 - 520 BC
height cm 42 (17’’)
Alternate stylized floral elements runs on the neck, a pair of big eyes with apotropaic nature and heart-shaped leaves as filling elements on the shoulder. The body is depicted with a procession of women and satyrs whose move with accentuated and exuberant gestures, angular, in the typical pattern of the kneeling-run; the decoration has been enriched by the presence of a bird.
Restored. The Micali painter was active in Vulci during the mid 6th century BC and his style had a great effect on the following artists. His production merely concerns the funerary context, as confirmed by archaeological findings. Even the decorative patterns refer continually to the mystic and funerary iconography. This neck amphora presents the characteristics of the first production of the painter, distinguished by the dancing procession and the facial treatments of the figures, of clear ionic influence.

Property of a gentleman; acquired on the European art market between 1960s and 1980s.

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