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Amphora from the James Logie Memorial Collection

Amphora from the James Logie Memorial Collection

The University of Canterbury's James Logie Memorial Collection is the best collection of classical antiquities in New Zealand and is used for teaching purposes. It has significant holdings of black-figure and red-figure vases. Some items from the collection were damaged in the 2010 Canterbury earthquake, but have been repaired. Although they are no longer on public display because of the ongoing earthquake risk, the collection is used for teaching university and school groups, and items can be viewed by the public by appointment. This is an Athenian black-figure amphora made around 540–530 BC, which is attributed to the Swing Painter (an Attic painter active in the third quarter of the sixth century BC, whose real name is unknown). 

The collection is named for James Logie, who was the registrar of Canterbury University College from 1950 until his death in 1956. His wife, Marion Steven, who was a member of the classics staff, donated a collection of Greek pottery in his memory the following year, and this collection was added to in subsequent years. This amphora was one of the core pieces of Steven's original donation. 

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Kerryn Pollock, 'Classical and foreign-language studies - Classics at universities', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 25 April 2024)

Story by Kerryn Pollock, published 22 Oct 2014