This image is taken from a vase attributed to the Amasis Painter. The original amphora, dating to ca 550-500BC, is now in the Biblioth�que Nationale, Paris.
Amasis, along with Exekias was a pioneer and master of the black-figure technique in Athens during the sixth century BC.
Athena, goddess of wisdom, intelligence and strategy, is shown here with her uncle, Poseidon the god of the sea. It is likely that the scene represents the contest held between them for the (then hitherto unnamed) city of Athens. Whilst Poseidon had offered the city a salt-water spring, Athena offered the olive tree. The citizens chose her, she gave her name to Athens and thereafter was the protective deity of the city.
Athena is shown fully armed, with helmet, spear and her signature aegis, Poseidon with his trident. Down the length of the trident is written in Greek 'AMASIS MEPOIESE' - 'Amasis made me'.
black-figure lekythos - Athena and Poseidon
- Height: 17cm
They are all made in Greece in the workshop of the Lioulias family, with whom It's All Greek is proud to have been working since 2004.
The vases themselves are manufactured in Greece, the images are then applied by transfer, before being painted by hand.