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Boston 98.930


Lent by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; H. L. Pierce Fund (98.930)

Height: 4 in. (10.1 cm.); Diameter: 10 1/16 in. (25.5 cm.)

Handles modern.

Interior: komast. A nude man stands on one leg and lifts the other over a cup which stands on a low block. He is in the process of performing a trick. His himation rests on top of a folded seat at the left. Inscribed above, ΔΟΡΙΣ ΕΓΡΑΦΣΕΝ (Douris painted this).

Side A: komos. In the center a man in a chlamys plays a flute; facing him is a man with a skyphos. Two men with kylikes follow the flute player. On the left another man prepares for a trick; beside him a man in chlamys holds out a kylix.

Side B: komos. A man dances in the center; his friend holds his skyphos as well as his own cup. Behind are two men (heads missing) with cups; one with an oinochoe as well. On the left are a lyre player (edge of lyre preserved; head of man missing) and his companion with a kylix.

Dilute glaze: anatomical details.

Red: fillets.

Signed by Douris ca. 490 - 480 B. C.

The signature of Douris, nearly always as painter, is known on forty vases. Over two hundred have been attributed to him on stylistic grounds. He was evidently active for many years. His oeuvre has been divided into four periods on the basis of his kalos name and his decorative scheme.

The bare decoration and simple borders of this kylix place it in his early middle period. Early in his career Douris began an association with the potter Python. The form of the foot on vases by this potter is distinguished by a sharp ridge in the profile of the foot (Caskey & Beazley, 3, p. 19; see also Bloesch 1940, 97).


Beazley 1918, 98; Hoppin 1919, 1, pp. 226-227; Langlotz 1922, pls. 22, 23; P. Duell, "The Tomba del Triclinio at Tarquinia," MAAR 6 (1927) pl. 12 B, a; ARV2, 431, no. 45; Caskey & Beazley, 3, pl. 72, p. 19, no. 126.

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