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Bowdoin 1908.3


Lent by the Bowdoin College Museum of Art; gift of E. P. Warren (1908.3)

Height: 15 7/8 in. (40.2 cm.)

Boreas and Oreithyia. Oreithyia is said to have been carried off by Boreas, the North Wind, from the banks of the Ilissus where she was dancing or gathering flowers with her playmates. On this vase Boreas, shown with wings and winged boots, swoops down and grasps Oreithyia to carry her off. At the right Athena looks on. The composition continues around the vase. Behind Athena are two of Oreithyia's playmates, one with a small dolphin. On the left two more companions and an old man, probably Erechtheus, Oreithyia's father. Pairs of rightward meanders alternating with saltires circle the vase and form a ground line. On the neck, a band of diagonally placed palmettes; on the lip, egg and dot pattern; at the base of the handles, framed tongues and dots.

Attributed to the Niobid Painter [Beazley] ca. 460 - 450 B. C.

Noteworthy on this vase is the enlarged field of figure decoration which extends all around the vase. One can compare a hydria in Boston (Boston 90.156; ARV2, 605, no. 62) which is slightly earlier than this example (Caskey & Beazley, 2, p. 76).


Beazley 1918, 195, no. 150; Jacobsthal 1927, 84, pl. 60 a; Webster 1935, 22, no. 49; ARV2, 606, no. 68; Herbert 1964, 68-69, pl. 24, 2; Para., 395, no. 68.

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