Das Tier in der Antike, 400 Werke ägyptischer, griechischer, etruskischer, und römischer Kunst aus privatem und öffentlichem Besitz, Zürich Archäologischen Institut der Universität, September 21-November 17, 1974.
In collection of Kurashiki Ninagawa Museum, Kurashiki, Okayama County, Japan, by 1980; exhibition dates unknown.
Thereafter in collection of Kyoto Girishia Roma Bijutsukan, Kyoto, Japan, until about 2007; exhibition dates unknown.
International Fine Art and Antique Dealers Show, Seventh Regiment Armory, New York, October 17-23, 2008, Phoenix Ancient Art, Stand B-15.
The Art Institute of Chicago, November 6, 2009-present.
Bloesch, Hansjörg, Das Tier in der Antike, 400 Werke ägyptischer, griechischer, etruskischer, und römischer Kunst aus privatem und öffentlichem Besitz (Zürich, 1974), p. 53, no. 322, pl. 55, 322a and 322b.
n.a. The Ancient and Modern Art in the Kurashiki Museum (Tokyo, 1980), pl. 60(A).
Simon, Erika, The Kurashiki Ninagawa Museum: Greek, Etruscan and Roman Antiquities (Mainz on Rhine), 1982, pp. 155, 182-4, no. 115 (illus).
Drukker, Anja, “The Ivy Painter in Friesland,” in Enthousiasmos: Essays on Greek and Related Pottery Presented to J. M. Hemelrijk (Amsterdam, 1986), pp. 39-48, no. 41.
Werner, Ingrid, Dionysos in Etruria: The Ivy Leaf Group, Skrifter Utgivna au Svenska Institutet I Rome, Acta Instituti Romani Regni Seuciae, 4, LVII (Stockholm, 2005), p. 31, pl. 27, no. 4/6/6.1.
Christie’s New York Antiquities, June 4, 2008, lot 225.
Phoenix Ancient Art, (Geneva, Switzerland, 2008, 1), pp. 38-39, 104, no. 27.
The Art Institute of Chicago, Annual Report 2008-2009 (posted on AIC web site), pp. 19, 25 (ill.).
To T. Fujita in the 1970's; in the collection of the Kurashiki Ninagawa Museum, Kurashiki, Okayama County, Japan, by 1980, then to the Kyoto Girishia Roma Bijutsukan, Kyoto, Japan, until about 2007; sold at auction by Christie’s New York, June 4, 2008, lot 225; consigned by Mr. Akira Ninagawa; acquired by Phoenix Ancient Art, New York; purchased by the Art Institute of Chicago from Phoenix Ancient Art, New York in 2009.
Additional Information Statement:
The 2008 Christie’s catalog cited the provenance for the object as “with T. Fujita, 1970s.” Mr. Fujita is now deceased, and two letters to Mr. Akira Ninagawa of the Kurashiki Ninagawa Museum requesting additional information remain unanswered. The object has been published eight times since 1974, and also has an extensive exhibition history. This amphora is important to the Art Institute of Chicago’s collection as an extremely fine example of an Etruscan vase that emulates a Greek vessel shape and decorative technique.