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Side A: warriors leaving home

Collection: London, British Museum
Summary: Side A: warriors leaving home. Side B: komos.
Ware: Attic Red Figure
Painter: Attributed to the Altamura Painter
Date: ca. 470 BC - ca. 460 BC

H 40.2; D of rim 46.7; W at handles 48.5

Primary Citation: ARV2, 592.33 bis, 1660; Para, 394
Shape: Bell krater
Beazley Number: 206856
Period: Early Classical


The vase is in very good condition.

Decoration Description:

Side A: warrior leaving home. A young warrior takes his departure while an older warrior, a bearded man and a woman bid him farewell. The young, unbearded warrior (Teucer?) walks to the left, his head turned back toward the older warrior on the right and his right hand raised in a farewell gesture. He wears a short chiton, cuirass and a helmet of Attic type. A sword and quiver hang from his belt, and he carries a shield whose shield device is a scorpion. The cheek pieces of his helmet are turned up. The bearded older warrior (Ajax?) has stretched out a braceleted arm, palm up as if in entreaty; in his other hand he holds a long stick and a shield. The shield device is a snake, and the fringed shield apron is decorated with a large eye. He is dressed similarly to the younger man, but his helmet is Thracian and he wears it with cheek pieces down. His chiton appears to be pleated rather than plain. A woman stands to the left of the scene holding a phiale toward the youth, her left hand raised, palm facing inward. In her left hand she holds a flower which was once white but has now faded. She wears a long chiton and a thin fillet around her head. A bearded man stands on the right wrapped in a long mantle, his right hand lifted but hidden behind the older warrior's shield.

Side B: komos. A flute-girl plays between two dancing youths. She steps to the right playing a double-flute. She has short hair crowned by a wreath and wears a long, simple chiton through which the outline of her legs can be seen. The youth on the left is shown in profile to the right, his outstretched left arm holding one part of a garment that is flung over his left shoulder. The youth on the right is infibulated. He faces right with his head turned toward the left, his weight supported by his bent left leg. He holds a garment in both hands which passes behind his back and falls over his raised right arm. Both youths wear wreaths and chaplets, like the flute-girl.


Written vertically between the woman and the left-hand warrior on Side A is: *K*A*L*O*S, while the meaningless letters *L*O*N and *L*O*N*U appear in the spaces between the heads of the three men.

Collection History:

The vase was purchased by the museum at a Sotheby sale in June, 1961.

Sources Used:

Corbett 1961, 97-99, pls. 33-34; Williams 1985, 48 fig. 52.

Other Bibliography:

Cat. Sotheby 19 June 1961, frontispiece; Daily Telegraph 12 July 1961; ILN 22 July 1961, 135; AR 1962-3, 52-53; Corbett 1965, pl. 4; LIMC, I, pl. 233, Aias I 16; Beazley Addenda 2, 264.