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Attic black-figure amphora signed by Exekias as both painter and potter, Achilles and Ajax playing dice, 540-530 BC, Vatican Museums, Rome | by Following Hadrian
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Attic black-figure amphora signed by Exekias as both painter and potter, Achilles and Ajax playing dice, 540-530 BC, Vatican Museums, Rome

This amphora came to Etruria from the Athenian workshop of Exekias, the greatest potter working around 530 B.C.

Depicted on the principal side of this amphora, are Achilles and Ajax who, having cast aside their arms, play "morra". On the other side, Kyllaros, the horse tamed by Kastor, dominates the scene. Behind is Kastor, welcomed by Leda and Tyndaros and his brother Pollux.

Exekias carried the black-figure technique to perfection, particularly in the way he created intense contrasts.

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Taken on February 12, 2013