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Bowdoin 1930.1


Lent by the Bowdoin College Museum of Art; gift of E.P. Warren (1930.1)

Width:6 3/8 in. (16.2 cm.)

Missing pieces restored and painted. From Cervetri.

Interior: a nude girl holds a skyphos in one hand, which she will fill, presumably with a ladle, from a column-krater at her feet. Inscribed around the border of the scene, [Π]ΑΝΑΙ[Τ]ΙΟΣ ΚΑΛΟ[Σ] (Panaitios is beautiful) and on the skyphos, ΔΟΡΙΣ (Douris). The krater is wreathed with ivy. The tondo is framed by a leftward meander.

Dilute glaze: necklace, creases at girl's waist.

Red: fillet in the girl's hair, the inscriptions.

Attributed to Onesimos [Beazley] ca. 490 - 480 B. C.

The two fragments showing the legs of the girl and the bottom of the krater were found by A. Rumpf and added later. The three fragments showing the back of the girl's head, her right arm, and part of the inscription were added by Dietrich von Bothmer and given by him to Bowdoin College. The name of Onesimos is known from a cup in the Louvre (Louvre G 105; ARV2, 324, no. 60) on which he signs as painter and Euphronios signs as potter. The early work of Onesimos was attributed by Beazley to the Panaitios Painter, who takes his name from the kalos name Panaitios. Later he decided that the work of this painter was actually an early stage in the development of Onesimos (ARV2, 313).

The use of the kalos name Panaitios on this fragment, along with the forceful and unrefined style help to place it as an early work by Onesimos. The name on the skyphos is possibly that of the vase painter Douris, or as D. von Bothmer has suggested, it may be the name of the girl since Douris is also the name of one of the Nereids as well as a common name for hetairae.


Beazley 1918, 86, fig. 54; Beazley, "Three Red-Figured Cups," JHS 39 (1919) 83, pl. 2, 1; Richter 1958, 62, fig. 21; Cook 1960, 171, pl. 40; ARV2, 328, no. 114; Herbert 1964, 62-63, no. 165.

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