|Collection:||Toledo Museum of Art|
|Summary:||Tondo: komos: singing youth and dancing man
|Ware:||Attic Red Figure|
|Painter:||Attributed to the Foundry Painter|
|Date:||ca. 480 BC|
h. 12.5 cm; d. of rim 28.8 cm; w. with handles 37.0 cm; d. of foot 12.0 cm.
Reserved: a narrow band on the interior of the lip, two bands beneath the figures on the exterior, the outer edge of the foot and its narrow resting surface. On the underside, a broad black band encircles a reserved area at the center. Interior: Komos. A youth sings and accompanies himself on a lyre; a bearded man dances behind him. Both wear wreaths, himatia and shoes. The man has a long fillet with fringed ends tied around his head and he carries a knurled staff. His himation has a black band at its border and a stripe of black dots above this. The youth is infibulated. Added red: The wreaths of both figures, the man's fillet, the youth's plectrum and its cord, the tuning pegs and the supporting strap looped over the youth's left hand; also the letter in the field (cf. Side A: Five figures all moving or dancing to the right. The first (on the left) is a youth playing flutes. The second, a man with his face shown frontally, wears a fillet tied at the back of his head, with the loose ends pulled through the fillet forming loops at the sides of his head. His outspread himation covers his raised right arm and he holds a black skyphos in his left hand. The third figure, a man, sings while accompanying himself on a lyre. The fourth, a man who dances and sings with his head thrown back, must have held a krotala in both hands, although his right hand is lost below the wrist. The figure on the far right is a nude boy who holds a T-topped staff in his right hand and a basket over his left shoulder. All wear wreaths. The men and youth wear himatia with black borders. Part of the border of the third figure's himation has an edging of dots, and two dotted stripes appear at the back of it to the left of his legs. Only the second figure from the left wears shoes. The third figure is infibulated. Added red: Wreaths, the plectrum cord, its tuning pegs and supporting cord which is looped over the player's left hand and the inscriptions (cf. Side B: Five figures, positioned in opposing directions. The first (on the left) is a nude boy. He holds a basket over his right shoulder and a knurled staff in his left hand. He moves to the right, but looks back over his right shoulder to the similar nude boy on Side A. The second figure from the left, a man, stands facing right and leans forward on a T-topped staff. He sings to the music played by the next figure, a girl dressed in a chiton and himation who stands facing the second figure and playing the pipes. Behind her, the fourth figure, a youth, dances toward her but looks back right toward the figure on the far right, a man who leans on a T-topped staff while vomiting. A basket hangs in the field next to him. All wear wreaths and the fourth and fifth figures have fillets tied around their heads. The men wear himatia with black borders; the himation of the second figure has dotted edging and dotted stripes. Added red: The wreaths, the cords and tassels of the baskets, the fillet and vomit of the figure on the far right, and the inscriptions (cf.
Relief contours throughout, except for the outlines of the hair, which is reserved. In the tondo, the preliminary sketch indicates that the dancer's raised right foot was originally intended to point up rather than out.
Attributed by Dietrich von Bothmer (
Another of the Foundry Painter's cups (
The inscriptions in the fields above the figures on the interior and exterior of this cup are assemblages of Greek letters, not as actual words, but rather as indications of the slurred sounds and humming of the drunken revelers as they sing and dance to the music.
gift of Edward Drummond Libbey
Adunanze straordinaire per il conferimento dei premi della Fondazione A. Feltrinelli (Rome 1966) 57-58