• Antiquities auction at Christies

    Sale 5487

    Antiquities

    29 April 2010, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 42

    AN ATTIC RED-FIGURE CALYX KRATER

    CIRCA 490-475 B.C.

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    AN ATTIC RED-FIGURE CALYX KRATER
    CIRCA 490-475 B.C.
    Side A: Herakles with bow and quiver slung over his shoulder, grasps Bousiris by the neck and holds sword to the king's body, the king seated on an altar with arms outstretched, an Egyptian attendant carrying sacrificial basket flees to the left with head turned back, meander and crossed square band below.
    Side B: naked youth with lyre facing naked youth carrying staff, both with cloaks draped around their arms, band of meander below
    Double band of ivy leaves under the rim
    10 in. (25.5 cm.) high


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    Provenance

    Formerly in a private collection, Basel, Switzerland; sold Sotheby's London, 1 July 1969, lot 93.
    Japanese private collection, acquired in the 1990s.


    Literature

    A.-F. Laurens, 'Bousiris', in Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Zurich and Munich, 1988, III, p. 150, no. 25, pl. 25.
    F. Lissarrague and F. Thelamon (eds.), Image et céramique grecques, Rouen, 1983, p. 163, fig. 11.
    J.-L. Durand, Sacrifice et labour en Grèce ancienne, Paris, 1986, p. 115, fig. 35.
    R. Etienne and M.-T. Le Dinahet, L'espace sacrificiel dans les civilisations méditerranéennes de l'antiquité, Paris, 1991, p. 55, fig. 11.