Corinthian black-figure aryballos with 'padded dancers' (komasts) - ROM2018_16776_29


Corinthian black-figure aryballos with 'padded dancers' (komasts)

Medium:Wheel-thrown earthenware, slip-painted with incised details
Geography: Made in Corinth, Greece; findspot unknown
Date: about 600 BC
Period: Greek Archaic period
Object number: 922.47.4
On view
Gallery Location:Gallery of Greece

This oil flask (round aryballos) is decorated in black-figure technique with four 'padded dancers' or 'komasts'. These characters are commonly associated with the drinking and revelry of the 'komos', a ritualistic drunken procession. They always appear on archaic Greek pottery wearing a distinctive tunic with a large belly and bottom which seems to be padded so as to exagerate their comic features. The vase is dated to the Early Corinthian period and is attributed to a painter near the Falstaff Painter by Amyx and Seeburg.

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