Side B: male figure, upper half

Handle, right of side A: Erigone running up

Side B: scene at center

Side A: death of Aegisthus

Side A: scene at center

Handle: right of side B

Collection: Malibu, The J. Paul Getty Museum
Summary: Side A: Death of Aegisthus at the hands of Orestes, as Clytemnaistra is restrained by the Talthybius. Side B: Various female figures and staff-bearing mantle figures.
Ware: Attic Red Figure
Painter: Attributed to the Aegisthus Painter
Attributed By: H.A. Cahn
Context: Athens
Date: ca. 470 BC

H. 58.2 cm., d. mouth 61.6 cm.

Shape: Calyx krater
Beazley Number: 12959
Region: Attica
Period: Early Classical

Decoration Description:

On side A, Orestes avenges the murder of Agamemnon by stabbing Aegisthus in the chest with a sword. Clytemnaestra raises an axe against Orestes, but Talthybius prevents her from acting. A young nurse stands, one hand raised in despair, between Orestes and Clytemnaestra, holding Penthilus, Orestes's son. A second woman, perhaps Erigone, is running in from the right, pleading with Orestes to stop. On side B five secondary figures appear. Two well-dressed females, among them probably Elektra and Chrysothemis, flee to the right past three men carrying staffs, who face the other way.

Other Bibliography:

Erika Simon, "Early Classical Vase-Painting," Greek Art, Archaic into Classical, C. Boulter, ed., Leiden, E. J. Brill, 1985, pp. 66-82 and pls. 67-68; Prag 1985, pp. 106-107, pl. 46a-d; Susan B. Matheson, "A Red-Figure Krater by the Aegisthus Painter," Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin, Spring 1987, pp. 2-7, fig. 4; "U. S. Museum Acquisitions," Minerva, vol. 1, no. 6 (1990), pp. 43-47; "Acquisitions Supplement," Getty Museum Journal 17 (1988): 113, no. 20.