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Toledo 1961.26

Attic Red-Figure Kylix The Triptolemos Painter ca. 490 B.C.

Lent by The Toledo Museum of Art; gift of Edward Drummond Libbey (61.26).

The Vase: h. 13.5 cm; d. of rim 32.3 cm; w. with handles 41.0 cm; d. of foot 12.2 cm. Mended from fragments, missing pieces restored in plaster.

Decoration: Interior: Boxer and trainer. Exterior, Side A: boxers. Side B: javelin-throwers. Graffito underneath foot: X. For detailed information on condition and description of scene, with discussion of and bibliography for iconography, see CVA, 33.

The Triptolemos Painter decorated both large vases and cups. He is connected with the cup-painter Douris by a signature, by certain aspects of subsidiary decoration and by potterwork (ARV2, 360). There is evidence that he worked for the potters Euphronios, Python, Brygos, and, in the case of the Toledo cup, for Hieron. In this cup one can see both his careless and his careful work: contrast the drawing of the meander bordering the tondo and that of his figure work. On other cups, in scenes of the palaestra, the Triptolemos Painter shows athletes jumping, athletes throwing the discus, and athletes victorious.


CVA, USA 17, Toledo 1, pls. 51 and 52, pp. 32-34 (with further bibliography), figs. 8, 9, and 12.1

W.G.M., L.B.

1 "Beazley ARV2, p. 1648, Triptolemos Painter no. 36 bis." (Letter of Dietrich von Bothmer to Warren G. Moon, 15 Feb. 1980)

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