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Stylistic Characteristics

Some of the characteristics of the Harrow Painter's drawing have already been mentioned. Clavicles are often hooked and sometimes pointed; occasionally they are not hooked at all. Eyes are formed of shallow, opposing curves, open at the inner corner, with a black pupil (


). In a few cases, the relief lines contouring the eyes are edged with dilute glaze.1 Ears may be scroll-shaped (

), but often are simply outlined by the line of the hair (


). Male figures may have rounded pectorals with a triangle below the midline, or right-angle midlines and no triangle. Men's beards are normally pointed and, on obverse figures at least, fringed (


, and

). Satyrs have shorter beards, but with extra-long fringes for an appropriately wild look. The hair of males and satyrs often lies quite low over the forehead, like a cap (


), and various shades of dilute glaze are used for different textures of hair, such as the wispy sideburns of the young Theseus or the balding pate of Nereus, both on the column-krater Harvard 1960.339, discussed below (


). At least two figures have hair rendered with relief dots.2

Nude males are frequently shown infibulated: not only athletes and komasts, but also Herakles.3 On most nudes, the minor muscles and those of the abdomen are drawn with dilute glaze (

). This in itself is unremarkable, but on the painter's figures the abdominal muscles are often quite noticeable, set off within a prominent oval, as on the boy on Tampa 86.73 (

). Sometimes these muscles are tapered or foreshortened in an unsuccessful attempt to represent the twisting transition to a frontal chest; compare the boy on the other Tampa oinochoe (Tampa 86.72;

). Ankles are normally indicated by a short, vertical line (

), sometimes with a slight hook at the bottom (


). Many women wear sakkoi, sometimes with a short flap covering the nape; e.g. the Nereid on Harvard 1960.339 (

) and the seated woman on the hydria Tampa 76.70 (ARV2, 276, 70;

). Several male gods wear embroidered chitons, while the folds of women's chitons range from the monotonous to the decorative; for the latter, note the combination of relief lines, dilute lines, embroidered dots, and dilute wash on the chiton of the Nereid on Harvard 1960.339 (


1 E.g. the obverse figures on Leipzig T 3890 (ARV2, 273, 21).

2 The woman on Leipzig T 3890 (see previous note, supra), and the Herakles on Munich 2407 (ARV2, 274, 35).

3 Munich 2407 (ARV2, 274, 35).

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