Hixenbaugh Ancient Art Presents Two Centaur Themed Black-Figure Vases

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Hixenbaugh Ancient Art presents recently acquired Attic Black-Figure Band Cup by the Centaur Painter and an Etruscan Black-Figure Column Krater.

Hixenbaugh Ancient Art, Ltd recently updated its web site with a variety of newly acquired ancient art. Included among the recent acquisitions is an Attic Black-Figure Band Cup and an Etruscan Black-Figure Column Krater.

The ancient Greek Athenian (Attic) Black-Figure Band Cup is in a fragmentary condition. The fragment includes a scene with a pair of bearded centaurs holding stones on one side and two bounding deer on the other. The vase was painted by the artist referred to as the Centaur Painter.    The Centaur Painter (fl. ca. 545 - 520 BC) was an Athenian black-figure painter who specialized in miniature scenes on band cups and lip cups. He especially favored lively pursuits involving satyrs, centaurs, maenads and various animals.

The ancient Etruscan Black-Figure Column Krater depicts a scene of Herakles raising his club to attack a centaur who twists and uproots a tree in defense. The reverse depicts two nude hoplites each wearing a Corinthian helmet and brandishing a short sword. The vase is by the Micali painter or one of his close followers active at the turn of the 6th century BC in Tarquinia.

The Centaur is a popular ancient figure. A combination of horse and man, the Centaur is neither human nor immortal but exhibits many of human kinds more base instincts. The Centaur was brave and strong and as such became a worthy opponent for Greek heros in popular folklore.

The Attic Band Cup and the Etruscan Column Krater as well as many other items are available at our New York gallery (Tuesday – Saturday 11am – 6pm) and can be viewed on our web site (http://www.hixenbaugh.net).

Hixenbaugh Ancient Art Ltd, located on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, is dedicated to handling fine authentic antiquities (Roman, Egyptian Near Eastern, Neolithic and Greek Art). All of the pieces we handle are legally acquired, in complete accordance with US and international regulations and laws concerning the import and sale of ancient objects. All objects are guaranteed genuine and as described. Hixenbaugh Ancient Art is a member of the Art and Antique Dealers League of America (AADLA), the Confederation Internationale des Negociants en Oeuvres d'Art (CINOA), the Appraisers Association of America (AAA), and the International Association of Dealers in Ancient Art (IADAA).

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