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Shapes: Kraters

Column-kraters account for nearly 40% of the Harrow Painter's known production. Those with framed pictures (over half) have the standardized ornament, with frames of ivy and tongues, rays above the foot, and ivy around the outer rim. Most of these have a wide band of lotus buds on the obverse neck, sometimes replaced with ivy.1 Only a few follow the common scheme of having lotus buds and palmettes on top of the mouth; e.g. Harvard 1960.339 (

). Most of the kraters with unframed pictures have rays above the foot and lotus buds on the obverse neck; when the buds are replaced by ivy, laurel, or palmettes, the rays are omitted.2 Frames were preferred for the more ambitious, mythological subjects, such as Harvard 1960.339 (

), with the meeting of Theseus and Poseidon. Unframed subjects tend to be single individuals or tightly grouped pairs, such as Thetis and Achilles, or Zeus grappling with Ganymede.3

1 Florence 3999 and Montaubon MI.87.4.14 (ARV2, 275, 47-48).

2 Ivy: once London art market; Sotheby's, December 14-15, 1981, no. 274. Laurel: Malibu 81.AE.37 (Para., 354, 64 ter). Palmettes: Munich private collection; JdI 94 (1979) 103, fig. 36; Padgett 1989, (supra) 191-92, fig. 115, no. H.65A; and another once in the New York art market; Sotheby's, May 20, 1982, no. 100; Padgett 1989 (supra) 192, no. H.65B.

3 Berlin F 3163 and Naples 3152 (ARV2, 275, 59-60).

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