Vermeule Collection (Buitron No. 70)FRAGMENTS OF A COLUMN-KRATER
Lent by Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius C. Vermeule, III
a. Height: 6 5/16 in. (16 cm.); Width: 6 1/2 in. (16.5 cm.) b. Height: 6 5/16 in. (16 cm.); Width: 9 5/8 in. (24.5 cm.) c. Height: 12 in. (30.4 cm.); Width: 21 11/16 in. (55 cm.)
Fragments a and b from side A show an arming scene with three figures. Fragment a: on the left a youth in a fox skin cap (alopeke) bends forward to put on a greave. In the upper right is the hand of the central figure holding a trumpet. Fragment b: the shield of the youth is preserved. The device is a raven. On the right is a warrior wearing a black Chalcidian helmet and carrying a shield (device: rosette). Fragment c: from side B shows two mounted warriors. On the left a warrior, perhaps an Amazon, dressed in a sleeved and trousered combination with short chiton over it, a quiver at the waist, and a black shield. On the right, a mounted hoplite with greaves, corslet with pteryges, chlamys, and Corinthian helmet. He carries a javelin and a black shield. On the neck on side A are lotus buds. On both sides the scenes are bordered by framed tongues above and ivy on the sides; at the base, rays. Dilute glaze: strands of hair, pattern on trousers and chiton.
Unattributed ca. 450 - 420 B. C. The fragments have been related to the School of Polygnotos by D. von Bothmer. Close parallels for style are found on a stamnos by the Epimedes Painter (London E 450; ARV2, 1043, no. 1) and a stamnos in London by the Christie Painter (London 98.7-15.1; ARV2, 1048, no. 35).