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Harvard 1970.108

RED-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.)


Intact.


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.


Bibliography

E. H. Dohan, "A Bell-Krater by the Christie Painter," The University Museum Bulletin 6 (The University of Pennsylvania May 1936) no. 4, pp. 126-128, pl. VII; ARV2, 1047, no. 20.

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