Attic Red-Figure Nolan Amphora

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Liana Miate
published on 11 May 2022

This amphora is of the Nolan type, the name given to this class of red0figure vase found in large lumber in the town of Nola in Campania, southern Italy.

It is decorated with a scene of an 'erotic' encounter between a female figure holding a myrtle branch for making a wreath and a male holding a ball or a round fruit. The duck depicted alludes to Aphrodite, as one of her familiar attributes.

Attic workshop. Attributed to the Painter of London. 460-450 BCE. (Hellenic Museum, Melbourne, Victoria).

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Liana Miate
Liana is the Social Media Editor for Ancient History Encyclopedia. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree with a major in ancient Greece, Rome & Late Antiquity. She is particularly passionate about Rome and Greece, and anything to do with mythology or women.

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