Harvard 1970.108RED-FIGURE BELL-KRATER
Lent by the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University; bequest of Ruth Steele Brooks (1970.108)
Height: 12 3/16 in. (30.9 cm.)
Side A: komos. Three youths proceed to the right. The first carries a torch. He is shown with trunk and one leg frontal, head turned back to the left towards his companions, his left leg turned to the right. He wears a chlamys over one shoulder. In the center is a youth playing flutes. He advances to the right, chlamys draped over his shoulders. At the left is a third youth, also in chlamys, holding a staff in one hand. Side B: three youths conversing. All three wear himatia; the central youth carries a staff. Suspended in the field is a pair of jumping weights, a common filling ornament. Below, triple rightward meanders alternating with saltires; on the lip, laurel wreath; at the base of the handles, egg pattern. Dilute glaze: strands of hair, anatomical details. Red: leaves of wreaths on A.
Attributed to the Christie Painter [Dohan] ca. 440 - 430 B. C. The Christie Painter was a member of the group of Polygnotos (Mount Holyoke 1929.BS.II.4). His style is characterized by the same fluid figures and naturalistic drawing.