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Hartford 1963.40

RED-FIGURE LEKYTHOS


Lent by the Wadsworth Athenaeum, Hartford, Connecticut; the Ella Gallup Sumner and Mary Catlin Sumner Collection (1963.40)


Height: 13 1/2 in. (34.2 cm.)


Intact; some repainting in design areas.


Goddess and a ram. The goddess holds a phiale and a scepter ending in a lotus bud. She is dressed in a dotted chiton and in a black-bordered himation weighted at the corners to make it hang well. Her hair is looped up in a krobylos under a leafed diadem. She is accompanied by a ram with fleece indicated by fine dots. Above, pairs of rightward meanders alternating with one cross-square and two saltires; below, rightward meanders. On the shoulder, palmettes with tendrils culminating in lotuses; above, eggs and darts.

Dilute glaze: folds of the chiton, ends of the hair, most of the dots and lines indicating the ram's fleece (many have been retouched), the wash of the phiale.


Attributed to the Brygos Painter [Beazley] ca. 480 - 475 B.C.

The scene is perhaps an extract from the Judgment of Paris; the goddess might be Hera and the ram one of Paris' flock (ARV2, 384). Beazley has called this a late work by the Brygos Painter (ibid.).


Bibliography

Richter, "A Lekythos by the Brygos Painter," Charites (Bonn 1957) 140 ff, pl. 19; Archaeology 16 (1963) 211 ill.; ARV2, 384, no. 209; Vermeule 1968, 114 ff, fig. 2; Para., 366.

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