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Dewing Collection (Buitron No. 20)

RED-FIGURE PELIKE


Lent by the Trustees of the Dewing Numismatic Foundation


Height: 12 3/4 in. (32.4 cm.)


Broken and repaired; missing pieces restored and painted.


Side A: komos. Two youths on their way home from a revel. One has a chlamys draped over one arm; the other holds a skyphos.

Side B: jumper and youth. A nude youth holds a jumping weight in one hand and prepares to make a jump. At the right, a youth dressed in a himation and leaning on a stick.

Above on both sides, lotus buds with dots in the interstices; on the sides, net pattern with two knots; below, broad reserved band.

Dilute glaze: fringes of the hair, handles of the skyphos.


Unattributed ca. 500 - 475 B.C.

D. von Bothmer has related this vase to the work of the painter Myson, the originator of the red-figure mannerist movement. One can compare especially two pelikai, one in Syracuse (Syracuse 15709; ARV2, 238, no. 3) and one in Naples (Naples 3051; ARV2, 238, no. 4). The long limbs, affected poses, and rhythmic composition are characteristic of the mannerist movement, which can be traced from the ripe archaic period well into the free period (see Bowdoin 1913.30 and Harvard 1959.188).


Bibliography

Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, The Coins and Vases of Arthur Stone Dewing, exhibition catalogue (March 11 - April 15, 1971) 14, no. 20.

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