These are all snapshots taken from our collection of red-figure and black-figure vases or plates. For our collection of hand-painted Greek pottery, go to our online shop.
The original kylix, attributed to the Jena Painter, shows a frisky satyr with a maenad! Both were part of the retinue of the god Dionysos.
The original kylix attributed to the Euaichme Painter shows this young boy being given a cockerel by an older man. Hares and cockerels were symbols of male courtship in ancient Greek erotic ritual.
Mousaios, pupil of Linos, is having a music lesson in the scene depicted on the original kylix, attributed to the Eretria Painter.
The original kylix, attributed to the Eretria Painter, shows this figure of Linos the son of Apollo and a remarkable musician. He is teaching Mousaios.
The original kylix attributed to Epiktetos shows this hetaira dancing to the accompaniment of a flute-player.
Thetis the sea nymph, and mother of Achilles, is shown receiving from Hephaistos the new set of immortal armour she commissioned for her son. The original kylix is attributed to the Foundry Painter.
Tithonos, a Trojan prince, was kidnapped by Eos, goddess of the Dawn, to be her lover. The original kylix shows the moment of the supposed abduction!
The original kylix shows a tender scene where Achilles is binding a wound on the arm of Patroklos, shown here.
Aphrodite, from an original white-figure kylix depicting the goddess gliding on a goose.
Ajax the great Greek hero: from an original black-figure amphora attributed to Exekias. Ajax and Achilles are shown playing a game.
The original skyphos, attributed to Makron, shows this image of Triptolemos with his mentor Demeter.
Chiron the centaur: a detail from an original red-figure amphora attributed to Oltos. The scene shows the cultured centaur with his charge, the young Achilles.
Odysseus plugged the ears of his men with wax, then was himself tied to his ship’s mast. to experience the seductive and potentially fatal song of the Sirens…..
The original bell krater, attributed to the Nikias Painter, shows Nike – winged goddess of victory – placing a wreath on the head of a victorious athlete.
Penthesileia: a detail from a black-figure neck amphora attributed to Exekias. The scene depicts the moment when Achilles kills the noble queen of the Amazons. It is thought that victor and victim fell in love at the point of her imminent death.
Athena, goddess of intelligence, wisdom and strategy in war. From a black-figure Panathenaic amphora.
The original plate, painted by Epiktetos, shows two revellers preparing for a symposium.
Winged Eos, goddess of the Dawn, mourns the death of her son Memnon at the hands of Achilles. The original kylix is attributed to Douris.
Eos, goddess of the Dawn. The original kylix attributed to the Telephos Painter shows the goddess of the Dawn with her beloved Tithonos.
The original kylix, attributed to the Oedipus Painter, shows the hero pondering the riddle of the sphinx. Shown here, the hybrid and enigmatic creature awaits Oedipus’ reply to her famous riddle…