• Antiquities auction at Christies

    Sale 5487


    29 April 2010, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 48


    CIRCA 550-500 B.C.

    Price Realised  

    CIRCA 550-500 B.C.
    The central scene with frieze of gods including Dionysos seated on x-framed stool, wearing wreath and holding rhyton, Athena mounting quadriga, wearing high crested helmet and carrying two spears, Hermes standing in front, with head turned back, wearing broad-brimmed petasos, winged sandals and holding caduceus, an attendant on the far right, band of rays around the thigh edge, with moulded scale pattern above, details incised and in added red
    10 in. (25.5 cm.) long

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    Epinetra were used as thigh guards by women to protect their clothes against the oil whilst weaving or rolling wool. More elaborate examples were given as temple offerings or used as grave goods for unmarried girls. For similar cf., no. 1814.0704.1205 in the British Museum, which shows a scene of domestic weaving on one side and a symposium on the other. A number of known epinetra have been attributed to the Golonos Group, cf. J. D. Beazley, Attic Black-Figure Vase-Painters, New York, 1978, pp. 480-481.

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    Acquired on the French art market in 1982.
    Accompanied by a French passport.