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Accession_Number 45.8.1
adlib_title Attic red figure krater
Shape Krater
Shape_description Bell krater
Material Terracotta
Fabric Attic
Fabric_description
Munsell_color 2.5YR 8/4
Decoration The rim (interior) bears two, concentric circles, the first at the edge and the second at the curve between the neck and the body, where traces of white colour can be found. The neck of the vessel is ornamented with a continuous floral motif (branch bearing two long leafs; laurels?) that covers the whole of the surface. A: Scene of a symposium of four, reclining, male figures; 2 men and 2 youths (in turns), in pairs looking at one another. All of them wear their himatia, loose around their waists, a fact that leaves the upper part of their bodies naked, and are crowned with identical three-pointed diadems, made of added, yellowish and white colour. They also have identical hairstyles. The youth on the left side makes a gesture, pointing left with his right hand, but facing the man on his right who touches his chest with his right hand. The third person looks as if holding a white thread with his right-hand fingers, while the man on his right is trying to put a white, spotted garland on the third figure with his right hand. They all recline on a horizontal sort of bed, supported by three feet, of equal distance between them, but of unequal width. However, the lower parts of the three feet are similar; rectangular and vertical to the stem. Under this construction, in the surface between the two gaps that are left between the feet of the bed, there are two tables, that carry food(?) (fruit and bread ?), painted with added white colour. Both of the tables bear two, broad, black, bands around their edges, the left ones being larger than the right ones. As regards the endings of the tables' feet, they give the impression of a vague rendering of animal paws. B: A youth in the centre of the scene looks at his right, while in either of his sides, another youth is looking at him. All of them are fully-clad with himatia. The left one is holding a strigil (stleggis) with his right hand, while the one at the right side of the scene makes a gesture with his feast. The spring of the handles bears part of a circle (it stops, leaving the surface between the beginning of the two handles undecorated), with small, semi-cercular patterns. Beneath each handle there is a large, complex palmette. A band with maeander-shaped patterns runs through the vessel under the main scenes. The base is in the form of a disk, with a high foot, separated from the disk-shaped surface by a carved, reserved circle, as well as an also circle at the lowest end of the base's foot.
Inscriptions
Condition Small parts pitted off from the whole of the surface.
Technique/Style Red figure
Provenance
Period Late Classical
Date 400-375
Dating_details
Artist The Meleager Painter
Attribution Beazley: 1411.37; but see now Kathariou
Image
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Front view of an Attic red-figure bell krater, showing a symposium.
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Right side view of an Attic red-figure bell krater.
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Back view of an Attic red-figure bell krater, showing three youths.
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Left side view of an Attic red-figure bell krater.
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Detail of the front of the body of an Attic red-figure bell krater, showing a symposium.
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Detail of the front of the body of an Attic red-figure bell krater, showing a symposium.
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Detail of the left front of the body of an Attic red-figure bell krater, showing a symposium.
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Detail of the right front of the body of an Attic red-figure bell krater, showing a symposium.
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Detail of the right front of the body of an Attic red-figure bell krater, showing a symposium.
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Detail of the right front of the body of an Attic red-figure bell krater, showing a symposium.
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Detail of the right front of the body of an Attic red-figure bell krater, showing a symposium.
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Back view of an Attic red-figure bell krater, showing three draped youths, one holding a strigil.
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Right side view of an Attic bell krater attributed to the Manner of the Meleager Painter, showing a palmette and a half under the handle.
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Front view (side A) ofan Attic bell krater attributed to the Manner of the Meleager Painter, showing four men (two pairs of lovers) on klinai (couches) at a symposion.
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Front view of an Attic red-figure bell krater showing a symposium.
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Comparanda
Bibliography CVA Reading 1, pl. 26.2; ARV2 1411.37; K. Kathariou dissertation (2002)
Archive_Ref
Beazley_DB 217955
Height 33.0
Diameters Rim 35.0; base 16.0
Handle_height 7.0
Other_dims.
Location Symposium
Edited_by Georgia; Karen; Kinsey
Date_edited 03.06.2003; 20.04.2004; 10.01.2006
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