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Bowdoin 1913.11


Lent by the Bowdoin College Museum of Art; gift of E. P. Warren (1913.11)

Height: 14 15/16 in. (37.7 cm.)

Intact. From Gela.

Dancing girl and mistress. At the left a young girl, shown nude except for crossed straps on her chest, performs a dance step. Her hair is tied up behind, and she wears hoop earrings. In the field to the left a fillet is suspended. At the right is the dancing mistress wearing chiton, himation, and jewelry: leafed diadem, pendant necklace, hoop earrings, and meander bracelet. She holds the staff of a dancing mistress (also used by other teachers), the narthex or giant fennel stalk. At the base of the scene, a strip of simple rightward key; above, triple rightward meanders alternating with saltires; on the shoulder, palmettes, volutes, and dots; on the neck, egg pattern.

Dilute glaze: edges of hair, necklace, and bracelet of dancing mistress, anatomical markings.

Attributed to the Phiale Painter [Beazley] ca. 330 B. C.

The Phiale Painter takes his name from a phiale in Boston (Boston 97.371; ARV2, 1023, no. 146) showing a visit to a music school. This painter seems to have been fond of depicting dancing girls; they occur on his name piece as well as on several other vases (Caskey & Beazley, 1, p. 55). One can compare especially a lekythos in Brussels (Brussels A 3556; ARV2, 1021, no. 120). Although a pupil of the Achilles Painter and like him a painter of both red and white lekythoi, the Phiale Painter infuses more vivacity into his scenes (cf Worcester 1900.65). The tall, narrow shape of this lekythos reflects the tendency towards refinement which occurred in the later fifth century.


Beazley 1918, 169-170, no. 33; Beazley, "Narthex," AJA 37 (1933) 401, fig. 3; Richter 1958, 122; ARV2, 1021, no. 118; Herbert 1964, 71-72, no. 195, pl, 25, 2; Para., 441, no. 118.

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