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Word And Image In Ancient Greece$
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N. Keith Rutter and Brian Sparkes

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780748614066

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748614066.001.0001

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Tools of the Trade

Tools of the Trade

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(p.35) 3 Tools of the Trade
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Word And Image In Ancient Greece
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Elizabeth Moignard

Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748614066.003.0004

This chapter shows an illustration of the black-figure side on an Athenian bilingual Type A amphora, painted by Andokides or the Lysippides Painter. There are several strands that it pursues, to which the issues raised by this vase serve as an introduction. In particular, the chapter examines the gradual standardisation of some sorts of mythological subject-matter in relation to genre scenes, and the idea of a craft-ethos as it seems exemplified in the workshop practice in the surviving output of Athens in the sixth century. The earliest figure-scenes on Athenian vases are ones that serve a specific purpose to accompany the kind which presents with a single picture of the prothesis or ekphora in a frame. This means that the standard scenes, both frames and continuous, are not narrative, though they may be illustrations of parts of a continuous ceremony well understood by the intended viewer of the vase.

Keywords:   illustration, figure, amphora, Andokides, vase, genre scenes, Athens, prosthesis, ekphora

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