An Attic black-figure amphora
Last quarter of the 6th Century B.C.
Decorated on both sides of the shoulder with a register of animals, enlivened with incision and added crimson, side (a) from left to right, showing a goose with an arched neck, a roaring lion with its head lowered, its tongue hanging out and its tail curling between its legs and a wild boar, all facing right and another lion facing left with its head raised, tongue hanging out and its tail curling upwards, on side (b) a central boar facing right, flanked by onlooking roaring lions with upward curling tails, the one on the right with one foreleg raised; linked palmettes around the neck, rays emanating from the base and triple-stranded conjoint handles on either side, 157/8in. (14.4cm.), repaired with some old restoration in plaster