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Accession_Number 49.1.2
adlib_title Apulian red figure alabastron
Shape Alabastron
Shape_description A slim alabastron with a small mouth and a projecting rim, an offset neck, lugs on either side of the body near the neck, and a raised three-stepped foot that is slightly concave on the underside.
Material Terracotta
Fabric Apulian
Fabric_description
Munsell_color 5YR 6/4
Decoration The vessel is covered in black except for decorative bands at the lower part of the neck (red with black vertical lines) and the shoulder (egg-and-dot), the figural scene in the body zone, a frieze (stopt maeanders alternating with cross squares) below the figural zone, narrow bands at the join of body and foot as well as on each step of the foot, and the underside. The scene depicts a nude youth standing in a relaxed pose, 3/4-view to the right. He holds drapery, bunched up, under his left arm, and seems to converse with a drapped woman seated to the left on an undulating rock. She holds a mirror in her right hand. Both are diademed. A small, winged Eros flutters above them, and he has crowned the youth. A single branch emerges from behind the rock. Next comes an older Eros (depicted as an adolescent) seated near profile to the left (the seat is no longer visible), holding an opened box (the type that was used to house alabastra such as that which he decorates, according to Trendall and Cambitoglou 2.605). In the upper left field there is a rectangular motif with a short, black, vertical band on it (perhaps a window), and in the upper right field (behind Eros) a four-part rosette (rodakas) next to a strigil. Below, there is more vegetation. Relief dots detail xxx and added white has been used for xxx.
Inscriptions
Condition Intact, with only slight chips on the base. The design remains very clear and the glaze is shiny and complete. Only the white paint has suffered a little. There are deposits inside the rim.
Technique/Style Red figure
Provenance
Period Late Classical
Date 350-340
Dating_details
Artist Alabastra Group (perhaps Gioia del Colle Painter; Suckling Painter; Salting Painter)
Attribution Trendall and Cambitoglou, RVAP 2.605.1, class this work close to that of the Gioia del Colle Painter; Schauenburg noted that it is closely related to the work of the Suckling Painter and the Salting Painter
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Back view of an Apulian red-figure alabastron (side B), showing a seated Eros with an opened box.
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Left side view of an Apulian red-figure alabastron, showing vegetation under the lug handle.
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Front view of an Apulian red-figure alabastron, showing a standing youth conversing with a seated woman.
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Right side view of an Apulian red-figure alabastron, showing part of an Eros behind a woman seated on a rock.
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Oblique view, from slightly above, of an Apulian red-figure alabastron, showing a woman seated on an undulating rock, with a winged Eros hovering above her head.
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Top view of an Apulian red-figure alabastron, showing the wide lip.
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Bottom view of an Apulian red-figure alabastron, showing the reserved base.
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Front view of an Apulian red-figure alabastron, showing a standing youth conversing with a seated woman.
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Front view of an Apulian red-figure alabastron, showing an Eros above a seated woman.
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Front view of an Apulian red-figure alabastron, showing a standing youth conversing with a seated woman, Eros above.
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Front view of an Apulian red-figure alabastron, showing a standing youth conversing with a seated woman, Eros above.
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Back view of an Apulian red-figure alabastron, showing a seated Eros with a box.
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Back view of an Apulian red-figure alabastron, showing a seated Eros with a box.
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Front view of an Apulian alabastron, showing a crowned nude youth and a draped woman with a winged Eros above them.
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Oblique view of an Apulian alabastron, showing the mouth and a crowned nude youth and a draped woman with a winged Eros above them.
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Front view of an Apulian alabastron, showing the side with red-figure decoration.
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Front view of an Apulian alabastron, showing an older Eros seated in near profile to the left holding an opened box.
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Front view of an Apulian alabastron, showing the side with red-figure decoration.
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Front view of the mouth of an Apulian alabastron.
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Front view of the base of an Apulian alabastron.
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Front view of part of an Apulian alabastron, showing an older Eros seated in near profile to the left holding an opened box.
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Front view of part of an Apulian alabastron, showing part of a crowned nude youth and a draped woman with a winged Eros above them.
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Front view of part of an Apulian alabastron, showing part of a crowned nude youth and part of a draped woman with a winged Eros above them.
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Front view of part of an Apulian alabastron, showing a crowned nude youth and part of a draped woman with part of a winged Eros above them.
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Side view of an Apulian red-figure alabastron, showing a seated Eros and a standing man, on either side of an upright plant.
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Comparanda
Bibliography K. Schauenburg, 'Unteritalische Alabstra,' JdI 87 (1972) 271, figs. 18-20; RFVA 21/1
Archive_Ref
Beazley_DB
Height 23.2
Diameters Mouth 1.7; rim 7.4; base 6.3
Handle_height
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Location Household
Edited_by Georgia; Amy; Kinsey; Teifi; Joana Varela
Date_edited 06.06.2003; 18.10.2003; 06.01.2006; 01.08.2006; 18.04.2017
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