Main panel: lovemaking

Main panel: lovemaking

Overview: handle left

Overview: handle rear

Collection: Berlin, Antikenmuseen
Summary: Love-making (naked girl climbing on to a boy's lap)
Ware: Attic Red Figure
Painter: Attributed to the Shuvalov Painter
Context: From Locri
Date: ca. 430 BC - ca. 420 BC

H. 19.0 cm., h. without handle 15.5 cm.

Primary Citation: ARV2, 1208.41, 1704; Para, 463; Beazley Addenda 2, 346
Shape: Oinochoe
Beazley Number: 216500
Region: Bruttium
Period: Classical


The vase is in excellent condition. There is loss of surface glaze on the upper loop of the handle and a chip on the foot.

Decoration Description:

Love-making (naked girl climbing on to a boy's lap). The painting is limited to a rather small but charming image on the shoulder of the vase. A young man sits facing right. He leans back in his chair, his arms at his sides with his hands gripping the seat of the chair, his mantle pushed down around his knees. A young girl (hetaira?), naked except for a wide band around her hair, is preparing to straddle his uncovered lap. Their foreheads are together and they gaze into one another's eyes with a tenderness rare in the period.

Shape Description:

Rather rare Shape 9 oinochoe.

Collection History:

From the collection of von Koller.

Sources Used:

CVA, Germany 22, Berlin 3: pl. 145.2, 146.1-2; Simon & Hirmer 1976, pl. 211.

Other Bibliography:

Pfuhl 1923, fig. 787; FR, iii, 317; Vorberg Geschl. pl. 4; Greifenhagen 1968, 2.57; BICS 19 (1972) pl. 2f; Lezzi-Hafter 1976, pl. 111a, c, d; Robertson 1975, pl. 132c; Marcadé 1962, 152; JHS 102 (1982) pl. 2a; Boardman & La Rocca 1978, 124-125; Dover 1978, R970; Johns 1982, pl. 34; M. Robertson 1981, 148, fig. 204; Hoffmann 1971a, 90, fig. 76; Keuls 1985, 190; Fest Schauenburg pl. 17, 2; Boardman 1989, fig. 224.