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97. 13.198 LEKYTHOS from Gela PLATE LI, 1

Said to have been found together with the lekythos no. 99, which it resembles in shape (see ii p. 55). Height 0.3875. VA. p. 114; International Studio 88 (Dec. 1927) p. 69 (D. C. Rich); Panm. pl. 24, 1 and pl. 13, 2; the shape, Caskey G. p. 214 no. 169. About 470-460 B.C., by the Pan Painter (VA. p. 362 no. 34; Att. V. p. 103 no. 46; Panm. p. 16 and p. 24 no. 52; ARV. p. 366 no. 63).

This is a splendid example of those austerely decorated lekythoi without palmettes on the shoulder or pattern-band at the top of the body (see ii p. 41). A young hunter moves to left, left leg frontal, and looks round, holding a javelin in his right hand, with two fingers in the loop, ready for the cast, and in his left hand another javelin, and also the lagobolon, a short club used both for throwing at the game and for dispatching it. His hound is beside him, and stops, turns round, with head, tail and one foreleg raised, ears pricked up, aware of something. The youth wears a chitoniskos, a chlamys, shoes, stockings to mid-calf, and a petasos, one of those fine large hats which the painter liked to draw (JHS. 32 p. 368). The sword in its scabbard hangs in front of the body. The javelin is continued on to the shoulder of the vase. Face, nape, petasos are contoured with relief-lines, but little of the rest. The eye is dot-and-circle. Brown for whisker, the lines of the great sinew on the neck, the stripe on the chitoniskos near the lower edge. The lagobolon is covered with a brown wash. A fracture passes through the right hand and armpit, another through the middle of the spear; small parts of the chiton and the chlamys are missing below the left hand.

Is it just a hunter, or is it a particular hunter? The question is raised by the fragment of a skyphos, also by the Pan Painter, in Athens, found on the Acropolis (Athens, Acr. 469a: Langlotz pl. 38; Panm. pl. 24, 2: detail, Jh. 31 p. 16 fig. 10: ARV. p. 367 no. 80), which gives the upper part of an almost exact replica. There, however, a hand grasps the youth's shoulder, and another is laid on his left arm: this is Kephalos, pursued by Eos. It is quite likely that the painter thought of the figure on the Boston lekythos as Kephalos too; and the attitude of the hound suggests that someone or something is approaching from the right.

The black glaze of the background has covered the nipple-like projection on the crown of the petasos: it was of the same form as in the Athens skyphos, though not quite so big.


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