Side A: kylix held by hetaira on right

Side B: man on left, upper half

Side B: hetaira in center, upper half

Side A: oblique from right

Side A: reveler on right, upper half

Side A: reveler on right

Collection: Cambridge, Harvard University Art Museums
Summary: Sides A and B: Komos
Ware: Attic Red Figure
Painter: Attributed to the Pig Painter
Date: ca. 480 BC - ca. 470 BC

H. 0.413 m.; W. with handles 0.37 m.

Primary Citation: ARV2, 563, 8; Beazley Addenda 2, 260.
Shape: Column krater
Beazley Number: 206433
Period: Early Classical


Broken and repaired, with restoration and repainting in the cracks and gaps. Reserved areas, including parts of several figures, are damaged by pitting and erosion. Much of the neck on both sides is lost, including a large part of the lotus buds. Rim chipped.

Decoration Description:

Side A: Two nude, ithyphallic komasts (revelers) are clutching and pawing a pair of nude hetairai (prostitutes). The women move away from the men, as though teasing them or expressing unwillingness to succumb; the latter is unlikely, considering their nudity and the fact that they have been hired for the evening. The man at left is bearded and balding, and wears a cloak over his shoulders. He gestures with his left hand and reaches with his right for the woman's right arm. She walks to the right but looks back at the man, a black skyphos in her left hand and a leopard-skin flute case (sybene) in her right. She wears a kekryphalos, dotted earrings, anklet, thigh-band, and a necklace with a chain drawn with dilute glaze. At right, the second komast, a beardless youth, extends his left hand to grab the second hetaira by the leg while reaching for her breast with his right hand. She walks to the right but looks back at the youth, a kylix in her left hand (which she expertly keeps level), her right hand raised to summon or ward off her suitor. The youth wears a padded fillet and kothornoi, tall boots with the tops rolled down. The hetaira wears a kekryphalos with trailing ends, earrings, and a necklace like her companion. On both women, the tuft of hair in back is rendered in dilute glaze, which on the first hetaira is also used for the hair around the brow and temples.

Side B: A hetaira is accosted on either side by two komasts, one a bearded man, the other a youth with budding sideburns drawn with dilute glaze. The woman walks to the left but looks back at the youth at right. She is nude except for a kekryphalos with trailing ends and a necklace with a chain of dilute glaze. Curls in dilute glaze emerge from her cap over the brows and temples. She raises her right hand and holds a black skyphos in her left. The youth seems to be capering or dancing, with his right leg in the air. He is nude and ithyphallic. He holds a small (empty?) wineskin in his left hand and reaches with his right hand for the woman's left arm. The man at left reaches out to touch the woman's belly with his left hand; in his right hand he holds a knotty staff. The man is nude but not (yet) ithyphallic.

The panels are framed below by a narrow reserved stripe, at the sides by ivy vines, and above by a band of black tongues. On the neck of side A is a band of inverted lotus buds and dots. There are rays on the lower body and ivy vines on the side of the rim. On each handle-plate is a single black palmette framed by coiling tendrils. On top of the rim are animals in black silhouette: on either side, two groups of a goat and leopard, and half of a goat inserted to fill the remaining space. Stripes of added red circle the vase above the rays, below the panels, and on the outer and inner edges of the mouth.

Shape Description:

Column-krater: tapering body; foot in two degrees (torus with rounded riser); relatively short neck.

Collection History:

ex Branteghem coll; E. P. Warren coll.; Bequest of David M. Robinson.

Sources Used:

CVA, Robinson 3.

Other Bibliography:

Robinson exhibition catalogue 1961, no. 106; CVA, Robinson 3, 15-16, pls. 6-7.