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Second approaching youth from right, and third approaching youth from right

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Bearded male, from the chest up, and aryballos, and sponge hanging from na...

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Symposium scene: youths approach large column krater

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Youth playing aulos, head

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Youth carrying skyphos and staff

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bottom with initials

Collection: Johns Hopkins University Museum, Baltimore
Summary: Tondo: man & athlete; side A: symposium scene; side B: man and youth.
Ware: Attic Red Figure
Painter: Attributed to the Kiss Painter
Potter: Attributed to Kachrylion
Context: Said to be from Chiusi
Date: ca. 500 BC

H. 0.11 m., W. with handles 0.387 m., D. rim. 0.307 m., D. foot 0.111 m.

Primary Citation: ARV2, 177, no. 3
Shape: Kylix
Region: Etruria
Period: Archaic

Decoration Description:

Tondo: standing on exergue is a bearded male facing front. His weight is on his right leg; his left knee is bent with his foot behind him. He wears a mantle brought over his left shoulder, exposing the right shoulder and chest. With his right hand on his hip and his left arm extended, his hand is holding the end of a staff. His head, seen in right profile, wears an ivy wreath. Facing him is a nude youth wearing a laurel wreath, his legs in left profile, torso three-quarters turned to the front. He stands on a two-stepped starting block and holds an aryballos and sponge in his left hand. In the field are an aryballos and sponge suspended from a nail. An upended pick is set in the ground in front of the base.

Exterior, side A: a striding youth with a mantle draped over his shoulders carries a skyphos in his left hand and a staff supporting an oinochoe in his right. Inscribed in field above tip of staff: *E. The youth approaches a large column krater, on the other side of which is a nude youth with a himation over his shoulders.

Side B: a standing bearded male extends his left hand to the approaching youth, who carries a skyphos in his extended right hand, a staff in his left. Both figures are nude, with mantles draped over their shoulders. The remainder of the scene consists of a beardless youth in right profile, nude except for a mantle over his shoulders, playing flutes. In front of him is a maiden, of whom only a part of her pleated chiton and mantle survives.

Relief contour is used throughout the interior and exterior, except for some feet on the exterior. The hairline is reserved at the forehead and nape and incised at the crown. Dilute glaze is used for inner markings. Added red includes the interior wreath, javelin loop, string and wristband of aryballoi, nail securing one aryballos, lettering; exterior lettering. A graffito appears on the underside of the foot.


Tondo: Inscribed in field, second word retrograde: *L*E*A*G*R*O*S *K*A*L*O*S. Side A: inscribed in field beneath figures: *K*A*L*O*S. Side B: inscribed in field above all four figures: *E*P]*I*D*R*O*M*O*S [*K]*A*L*O*S.


Initials on base; see Perseus 1990.06.128.


RW No. 105

Collection History:

Formerly Hartwig Collection.

Sources Used:

Williams 1984, 145-6, no. 105

Other Bibliography:

CVA, Robinson 2 (USA 6) 13-14, pl. V, VI.1