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Other Subjects

The Harrow Painter's other subjects range from the commonplace to the unusual. There is the usual complement of pictures featuring Dionysos or Herakles, the latter in such stock situations as wrestling the Nemean Lion, battling Amazons, and stealing up on the sleeping Alkyoneus.1 Other relatively common subjects include athletes, musicians, warriors arming, symposiasts, and komasts, one of the latter being of "Anacreontic" type, with sakkos and parasol2 His portrayal of Zeus Keraunios, charging with eagle and thunderbolt, on a column-krater in a private collection, is one of the best of its kind.3 The swordsman on a neck-amphora at Stanford may be based on the statue of the tyrannicide Aristogeiton, which stood in the Agora.4

Among the rarer subjects are the capture of Silenus, already discussed (Baltimore, Hopkins AIA B13;

), and a rhapsode standing on a bema, perhaps reciting Homer in the competition for rhapsodes at the Panathenaia.5 The scene on a column-krater from Sabucina, with satyrs assisting at the forge of Hephaistos, is unique; it may have been inspired by a satyr play, like the appealing satyr-athlete on an oinochoe found in Athens.6

1 Nemean Lion: stamnos, Munich 2407 (ARV2, 274, 35). Amazons: column-krater, Rome, Palazzo dei Conservatori 185 (ARV2, 274, 41). Pholos: column-krater, Kiel B 547 (CVA, Kiel 1, pls. 31, 1-2 and 32, 1-5 (see list of new attributions, supra)). Alkyoneus: column-krater, Palermo, Fondazione Mormino; V. Tusa, Odeon (Palermo 1971), 429, pl. 55a-c (where incorrectly attributed to the Geras Painter); Padgett 1989, 182-83, fig. 114, no. H.50B.

2 Munich 2326; ARV2, 273, 18.

3 Munich, private collection; JdI 94 (1979) 103, fig. 36; Padgett 1989 (supra) 191-92, fig. 115.

4 Stanford 70.2 (formerly Arlesheim, Schweizer collection); ARV2, 272, 8. The pose is not so uncommon in this period that a connection with the statue can be fully supported. Cf. the young swordsman by the Cartellino Painter on Princeton 1991-22; Record of the Art Museum, Princeton University 51, no. 1 (1992) 69.

5 The identification as a rhapsode is not completely certain, as the man lacks the customary staff (rhabdos). For rhapsodes and rhapsodic competitions, see Neils 1992, 72-75 (H. A. Shapiro); and J. A. Davison, JHS 82 (1962) 141-42.

6 Forge of Hephaistos: Caltanissetta 20371 (Para., 354, 39 bis); see R. G. Gempeler, "Die Schmiede des Hephäst — Eine Satyrspielszene des Harrow-Malers," AntK 12 (1969) 12-21. Satyr-athlete: New York 12.229.13 (ARV2, 276, 80). For satyr plays concerned with athletics, see E. Simon, "Satyr-plays on Vases in the Time of Aeschylus," in The Eye of Greece (Cambridge 1982) 129-31.

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