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    Sale 2007

    Antiquities

    4 June 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 177

    AN ATTIC BLACK-FIGURED OLPE

    CIRCA 510-500 B.C.

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    AN ATTIC BLACK-FIGURED OLPE
    CIRCA 510-500 B.C.
    The body of the vessel reserved but for a single figure of the youthful hero Theseus moving left, his club upraised in his left hand, depicted nude but for a mantle wrapped around his forward-projecting right arm, his scabbard hanging diagonally across his body; some details in added red, the foot, rim, handle and interior of the mouth black glazed
    6¾ in. (17.1 cm.) high


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    Black-figured olpai and oinochoai with a reserved body and no compositional framing for the figures are termed "red-bodied." According to Cohen (p. 117 in Shapiro, Picón and Scott, eds., Greek Vases in the San Antonio Museum of Art), these vases are associated with the Leagros Group and favored by the Painter of Louvre F 161.

    Provenance

    with Dr. Leo Mildenberg (1913-2001), Zurich.
    European Private Collection.