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98. 01.8079 LEKYTHOS from Gela PLATE LI, 2

Height 0.314. JHS. 32 pp. 361-2; Panm. pl. 6, 3. Eros with a fawn. About 470-460 B.C., by the Pan Painter (JHS. 32 p. 362 no. 35; VA. p. 115; Att. V. p. 104 no. 47; Panm. p. 24 no. 56; ARV. p. 366 no. 67). Graffito.

The foot seems to belong to the vase. The base-fillet is large. A repainted fracture runs through the eye, left shoulder, arm of Eros (and the right hind-hoof of the fawn); another through his right shoulder and fingers; his ear is also damaged. The mark below the left armpit does not represent the nipple.

Eros has caught sight of a fawn, flown after it, and now he lifts it in his arms as he sinks to the ground. His right hand is on the fawn's hindquarters, his left holds it under the belly. It is more often a hare that Eros pursues, as for example on a contemporary vase, a Nolan amphora by the Charmides Painter in the British Museum (London E 293: Raoul-Rochette pl. 44, 2, whence El. 4 pll. 45-6; CV. pl. 49, 2: ARV. p. 440 no. 3).

This is a slight work of the painter. There is hardly any relief-contour: only for the belly of Eros, the spring of the buttocks, the left shin, the back of the right shank, the forehead and cheek of the fawn. A brown line marks the sinew of the neck. There are brown inner markings on the body of Eros between breast and hip, but they are faint. Brown pubes, brown dots on the wings, brown dots and stripes on the fawn. The wreath, and the inscription, ΚΑΛΕ, between the face and the fawn, are in red. If the fawn had been female, one might have taken the kale to refer to it: but it is male.

The lekythos is again decorated on the 'Nolan' principle, without palmettes on the shoulder, or pattern-band at the upper edge of the body. The wings, as often, overlap on to the shoulder of the vase: see ii p. 41.


Greifenhagen 1957, pp. 19-20, fig. 13; ARV2, p. 557, no. 114; Follmann 1968, pp. 34, 41, 43, 85, 87, 112, no. 114; Folsom 1976, p. 128, pl. 33; K. Schefold, AntK 19 (1976), p. 77, note 61; A. Balomenou, ArchDelt 33 (1978), p. 338, note 4; Johnston 1979, pp. 17, 26, 41, 44, 64, 86 (Type 33A, no. 20), 192; J. Neils, 1981, in (A. P. Kozloff, ed.) Animals in Ancient Art from the Leo Mildenberg Collection, Cleveland, OH, Cleveland Museum of Art, p. 148, under no. 127; Schefold 1981, pp. 194-195 (fig. 264), 370; Koch-Harnack 1983, pp. 223, 260, no. 169; LIMC, III, 1, p. 872, no. 231, III, 2, pl. 621, illus. (H. Cassimatis); Beazley Addenda 2, p. 259.


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