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Lot 44

Estimate: 6'000 GBP   |   Starting price: 4'600 GBP Price realized: 5'750 GBP

Etruscan black figure neck amphora
Attributed to the Micali painter School, ca. 520 - 500 BC
height cm 42 (17’’)
With a double bands of petals design on the neck, the body is completely black slip painted, except for the sholuder: on one side a sacred bull moving to left, with a decorative element around the horn and a curved tail ending in a twist; on the other side the panel is totally filled with springed wings, probably of a sphinx as the peculiar curved shape suggests.
Restored handles. The subject here depicted refer to the traditional funerary Etruscan themes, in particular the bull is a sacred animal and its horns recall the half moon, symbol of a deity; moreover the winged figures are the human spiritual guide to get into the immortality. The attribution to Micali painter School is due to the peculiar winge treatment consist of subdivision between the plumage and the feathers.

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

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