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Bowdoin 1930.36

BLACK-FIGURE FRAGMENT


Lent by the Bowdoin College Museum of Art; gift of E. P. Warren (1930.36)


Height: 1 3/8 in. (3.5 cm.); Width: 2 9/16 in. (6.5 cm.)


The fragment has been burned. The inside is glazed black.


The head of a horse is preserved with the muzzle of a second horse beyond. On the right a detail is visible of the cumbersome yoke equipment with which the horses will be harnessed.


Unattributed ca. 550 - 540 B. C.

The fabric of this fragment is quite thick and suggests a large vase, probably a calyx-krater. The horses recall those by Exekias (Beazley 1951, pl. 29, 31). The shape, identified by D. von Bothmer, supports a date in the third quarter of the sixth century. The bridle running over the mane, rather than under it, is unusual and must be taken into consideration for any attribution. The yoke equipment (identified by D. von Bothmer) suggests that the subject is a harnessing scene.


Bibliography

Herbert 1964, 58-59, no. 150.

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