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Amherst 1962.74


Lent by the Mead Art Building, Amherst College (1962.74)

Height: 4 3/8 in. (11.1 cm.); Diameter: 8 1/2 in. (21.6 cm.)

Acquired in fragments; heavily restored.

Inside: youth with lyre. He is dressed in a himation. To the right, palaestra equipment: sponge, strigil, and aryballos. The tondo is framed with a reserved line.

Side A: music. In the center a youth sits on a stool (diphros) and tunes his lyre. On the left another youth gives the note on his flute, and on the right a youth, also on a stool, holds out a lyre. All three wear himatia, and the central youth wears shoes as well. At the right, a Doric column; suspended in the field, cases for the flute and lyre; under handle AB, a dog.

Side B: fragmentary. On the left, a male figure to left with staff; the middle figure is missing; on the right, a man's heel. A reserved band forms the ground line.

Red: strings of lyres, dog's collar, edge of mantle, fillets.

Attributed to the Dokimasia Painter [Beazley] ca. 500 - 475 B. C.

The painter is named after the subject of a kylix in Berlin (Berlin F 2296; ARV2, 412, no. 1) which shows an inspection (ΔΟΚΙΜΑΣΙΑ) of horses. He belonged to the circle of the Brygos Painter (Hartford 1963.40 and Bowdoin 1913.21).

The subjects of the interior and exterior of the cup were often related. The youth on the inside can be thought of as part of the musical gathering outside.


ARV2, 1651, no. 22 bis; Hesperia Art Bulletin 17 (1961) no. 108, pp. 6-7; C. H. Morgan, "The Classical Collection at Amherst College," Archaeology 20 (1967) 2 ff, fig. p. 7.

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