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134. 95.41 LEKYTHOS from Athens PLATE LXXIV, 3

Height 0.300, diameter 0.101. From the collection of Adolphe van Branteghem (no. 70). Buschor Griechische Vasen p. 172 fig. 194; the shoulder, AJA. 1946 p. 104 fig. 10, 2 (Dinsmoor); the shape, Caskey G. p. 217 no. 172. Jumper. About 490-480 B.C., by Douris (VA. p. 98, Att. V. p. 209 no. 132; ARV.1 p. 293 no. 206, ARV.2, p. 447 no. 270).

Standard shape of full-size red-figured lekythoi. As to details, the foot has the minority form that long subsists side by side with the torus and the lipped torus; the neck is shortish; the mouth is shortish, and the incurve towards the top is still very faint, though not quite absent as in Caskey's drawing. On the shoulder, tongue-pattern, and a neat design of four red-figure palmettes on their sides, running, and terminating in a flower (AJA. 1946 p. 104 fig. 10, 2). Tongue-pattern soon becomes much less common, on the shoulders of red-figured lekythoi, than egg-pattern; but it is frequent in earlier pieces. Red-figure palmettes of this type are quite rare on lekythoi. There are half a dozen other examples,1 but the drawing of the palmettes is not the same as here.

The band above the picture is decorated with net-pattern, long a favourite in this place. The lower border of the band has an uneven edge which recalls the outer rim-clay on cups of Douris (iii p. 22; Boston 00.499). Below the figure, Douris's 'false maeander', with cross-squares: but not alternating, and the drawing of the cross-squares not very characteristically his.

The athlete has a halter in each hand, and is going to jump, ἁλούμενος εἶσι in the pleasant anticipation of the viewer's question on the psykter by Oltos in New York.2 On the right, a sponge and an aryballos, suspended. They are damaged; and the youth's buttocks, with part of his right thigh, and most of his right hand, are restored. Relief-contours. The hair-reserve is bordered by a pair of relief lines. There are no brown inner markings, and neither collar-bone nor nipple is indicated. The head-fillet is in red, and so is the inscription on the right, ΧΑΙ[Ρ]ΕΣΤΡ[ΑΤ]ΟΣ and below it ΚΑΛΟΣ, both curving downwards.

The vase belongs to the later part of the Chairestratos period. The figure is a replica of one on a Chairestratos cup, signed by Douris, in the Basle market,3 a good example of the 'bare' decoration described above.

Hartwig 1893, p. 228, note; Klein 1898, p. 100, no. 15; Follmann 1968, p. 34; Wegner 1968b, pp. 61, 69-70, 220; Para., p. 375, no. 270; Buitron 1972, p. 108; S. Lanz, AntK 16 (1973), p. 57, note 4; E. R. Knauer, 1973, 125 BWPr, p. 21, note 2; Kurtz 1975, pp. 25, 30-31, pl. 12.1; A. Lezzi-Hafter, in H. Bloesch, ed., 1982, Greek Vases from the Hirschmann Collection, Zurich, H. Rohr, p. 104, under no. 38; Beazley Addenda 1, p. 118; CVA, Basel, 2, p. 41, under pl. 19, 2-4 (V. Slehoferova); D. C. Kurtz, Greek Vases in the J. Paul Getty Museum 4 (1989), p. 121, note 26; Beazley Addenda 2, p. 241.

1 Four were put together by Miss Haspels (ABL. pp. 162 and 262), and two added in ABV. p. 524.

2 New York 10.210.18: Richter and Hall pl. 4: ARV.1 p. 35 no. 6; ARV.2 p. 54 no. 7.

3 Schefold Meisterwerke p. 193: ARV.2 p. 430 no. 31.

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