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Bowdoin 1915.45


Lent by the Bowdoin College Museum of Art; gift of E. P. Warren (1915.45)

Height: 4 1/16 in. (10.3 cm.); diameter of lip: 5 1/2 in. (14 cm.)

Broken and repaired at handles; missing piece at the rim; restored and painted.

Interior: small, reserved disk with a black dot and circle.

Exterior: the lip is glazed black. In the handle zone on either side, two horsemen dressed in tunics gallop to the right, the manes and tails of their mounts streaming behind them. Exhaustion is suggested by open mouths and starting eyes.

Small upright palmettes develop from the bases of the handles.

Red: the mane of one horse, hearts and central leaf of palmettes.

Unattributed ca. 540 - 530 B. C.

The brief decoration of the handle zone is uncommon; more characteristic is a many-figured picture running from handle to handle (Beazley, JHS 52 [1932] 187). There is also frequently a fillet between the base and the stem. A band cup (Copenhagen 61; ABV, 190, no. 16) by the Centaur Painter is similar to this one — the horses have the same weighty tails, and the decoration of the handle zone is similarly brief.


Herbert 1964, 57-58, no. 146, pl. 21 below; P. B. Wilson, "Home Forum," Christian Science Monitor (March 12, 1971) 12.

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