Attic red-figure pelike showing youths at an altar - ROM2007_8886_29


Attic red-figure pelike showing youths at an altar

Maker: Attributed to the Pig Painter
Medium:Wheel-thrown earthenware, slip-painted
Geography: Made in Athens, Greece; acquired in ancient Capua, Italy
Date: about 460 BC
Period: Greek early Classical period
34.1 x 24.7 cm
Object number: 919.5.24
Credit Line: Sigmund Samuel Collection
On view
Gallery Location:Gallery of Greece

This pelike (jar) is decorated in red-figure technique. On one side is a scene showing two draped youths, one holding a lyre, standing on either side of an outdoor altar. One plays a lyre, which the other holds up his hand and turns away.

 On the other side of the vase a bearded and draped man leaning on a staff offers a long red ribbon to a cloaked youth in a scene of courtship. Above them and very badly preserved is the painted inscription "kalos" ("beautiful").

This vase was attributed to the Severe style artist known as the Pig Painter by Beazley.

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