Harvard 1959.188RED-FIGURE PELIKE
Lent by the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University; gift of Frederick M. Watkins (1959.188)
Height: 14 3/4 in. (37.5 cm.)
Broken and repaired; missing pieces restored and painted.
Side A: komos. A woman with a sakkos on her head plays a small cithara; her mouth is open and her head back, indicating that she is singing. On the left is a youth with a walking stick and a barbiton (long-armed lyre); on the right a youth lifts a column krater decorated with a garland of ivy. Between the last youth and the woman is a small stool (diphros) on which drapery is folded. Side B: komos. Two youths and a man walk to the right. The first youth, carrying a wineskin and an oinochoe, turns back towards his companions. The second youth plays a flute; the man carries a pointed amphora and a lyre. All three wear ivy wreaths in their hair and chlamides over their shoulders. Above on both sides, lotus buds with dots in the interstices; circling the vase below, simple rightward key between double lines. Dilute glaze: edge of the woman's hair, edge of the man's beard, inner markings on one youth. Red: the ivy wreaths, fillet on the woman's sakkos, cords tied to the lyres and cithara, ends of the strings at the pegs of the crossbar.
Attributed to the Manner of the Pig Painter [Beazley] ca. 470 - 450 B. C. The Pig Painter is also a close follower of Myson (cf. Buitron 1972, no. 42) and an able mannerist of the early free period. He is named for the two pigs on a pelike in Cambridge (Cambridge 9.17; ARV2, 564, no. 27) showing Odysseus and Eumaios. He was fond of large vases, especially column-kraters and pelikai, as was the mannerist school in general. Characteristic of his style are the small eyes, thin moustache, and stylized ears. He is distinguished for his rhythmical compositions which are especially note-worthy on side B of this vase.