Dipylon Vase

Dipylon Vase

Date ca. 750 BCE

Movement Greek | Late Geometric

Medium Belly-handled amphora

Dimensions height 42.5″

Provenance The Dipylon Cemetery, Athens

Housed at National Archaeological Museum, Athens


Given its massive scale, the potter had to throw this vase in pieces, then adjoined them later with clay. Its proportions are strategic, with its width half its height, and its neck height half the height of its entirety. A beautiful, meandering geometric pattern accounts for much of its painted exterior; a scene of grazing deer graces the neck in one frieze, while the deer appear to be relaxing upon themselves in a lower frieze; between the handles, a funerary narrative of the deceased is portrayed; human forms, with triangular torsos and outstretched stick arms, mourn her death.