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Strigil, sponge and aryballos

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Youth wearing fillet and mantle, from the waist up

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Standing youth at left, halters and bag

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Wrestler at right

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Youth wearing fillet and mantle, clothing

Collection: Johns Hopkins University Museum, Baltimore
Summary: Tondo: standing youth. Side A: pankration. Side B: palaestra scene
Ware: Attic Red Figure
Painter: Attributed to the Antiphon Painter
Context: Said to be from Caere
Date: ca. 490 BC - 480 BC

H. 0.093 m., W. with handles 0.307 m., D. rim. 0.24 m., D. foot 0.08 m.

Primary Citation: ARV2, 340, no. 65
Shape: Kylix
Region: Etruria
Period: Late Archaic

Decoration Description:

Tondo: standing youth in left profile wears fillet and mantle, which expose only top of head and face. Left arm at hip; right arm raised to chest. In field before him are a sponge, strigil, aryballos. Tondo is bordered by leftward meander between reserved bands.

Exterior, Side A: Pankration scene. Standing at left is youth in right profile wearing a mantle that exposes only top of head and eyes. Right hand beneath folds is uplifted to conceal most of face. Fillet indicated by reserved band between relief lines. Hanging in field in front of youth are weights and bag. Suspended nearby are strigil, sponge, and bag. In center are two wrestling youths, the victor crouching with left knee drawn up, torso frontal, right arm upraised. Left hand is placed over mouth of opponent, who lies on his back, left hand extended over head, right forearm uplifted, legs in air. Approaching them is a trainer wearing mantle over left shoulder and holding staff in outstretched right hand. Head in left profile wearing taenia.

Relief contour throughout, except beneath feet and incised hairlines. Dilute glaze for inner markings and lettering. Added purple for fillets of youth on tondo and of two figures with staffs on A and B. Vertical edge of foot reserved with black line around lower edge.

Side B: Palaestra scene. Standing in right profile is trainer wearing fillet and mantle draped over left shoulder, exposing right shoulder and arm. Staff in left hand; right arm with rod in hand is extended to pair of wrestlers, one of whom is almost entirely missing except for right foot. Opponent is shown in left profile, with back in three-quarter view, elbows bent with hands extended.

Side A illustrates the beginning of the encounter, which continues on side B, where the trainer gesticulates at the contestants. The sponges, strigil and aryballos were used for applying oil before exercising and for removing it afterward.


Interior: Inscribed in field on either side of youth: [epig-rough]*O *P*A*I*S *K*A*L*O[*S] ("The boy is beautiful").


RW No. 111

Sources Used:

Williams 1984, 165-7, no. 111