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Yale 1913.169


Lent by the Yale University Art Gallery; gift of Rebecca Darlington Stoddard (1913.169)

Height: 1 1/16 in. (2.7 cm.); Diameter: 7 3/8 in. (18.7 cm.)

Broken and repaired; missing pieces restored and painted.

Ajax and Kassandra. Ajax drags Kassandra away from the statue of Athena where she had taken refuge during the sack of Troy. The statue, representing Athena in warlike attitude, portrays her almost as a living goddess. Kassandra, shown nude, futilely grasps at the drapery of the image as Ajax drags her away. The three figures stand on a thin reserved line. Inscribed behind Ajax, Ἀιας (Ajax); below the ground line, Καταδρα (Kassandra); behind the statue, Ἀθεναια (Athena).

Red: Ajax's baldric.

Attributed to Paseas [Beazley] ca. 520 - 510 B. C.

The name of Paseas is known from a black-figure plaque found on the Acropolis in Athens (Athens, Acr. 2583; ARV2, 164, no. 3; Boardman 1955, 154). His style is related to that of Psiax (Hartford 1961.8) and is still strongly influenced by black-figure. The small Kassandra also recalls black-figure painting. She is shown small perhaps because the early archaic artists wished to emphasize the atrocity of the rape by making her very young (Caskey & Beazley, 1, p. 2). Late archaic representations tend to show her normal in size as on the hydria by the Kleophrades Painter in Naples (Naples 2422; ARV2, 189, no. 74).


Beazley 1918, 13-14; Baur 1922, 111-112, pl. 15; Davreux 1942, fig. 45; ARV2, 163, no. 4.

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