Meander pattern above main panel

Overview: handle rear

Main panel: heads of Danae and Perseus

Main panel: Danae and Perseus in chest

Main panel: heads of Danae and Perseus

Overview: handle right

Collection: Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design
Summary: Danae and Perseus in chest
Ware: Attic Red Figure
Painter: Attributed to the Icarus Painter
Date: ca. 480 BC

Pres. H. 0.140 m., D. 0.057 m.

Primary Citation: ARV2, 697, 18; Beazley Addenda 2, p.280, no.697.18
Shape: Lekythos
Ceramic Phase: Severe Style
Beazley Number: 208348
Period: Late Archaic/Early Classical

Decoration Description:

Danae and Perseus in chest. Danae, drawn in outline, rises from the chest, clad in a chiton and himation; the latter worn over the back of her head. She faces right. In front of her is her son Perseus (whose head and neck alone appear) with long black hair. The chest is decorated with dots and rays and has claw feet. Against the white of the raised chest lid fly four sea birds.

On the shoulder where the shoulder meets the neck are rays/tongues. On the body above the design is a running meander band broken up with squares with reserved crosses.

Collection History:

Formerly in Warren collection. Purchased, 1925.

Sources Used:

CVA, USA 2, RISD 1, p.25, Pl.17: 2

Other Bibliography:

Banks RISD Bulletin XVI (1928) p.52; AK 13 (1970) 42, fig.4