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    Sale 2174

    Antiquities

    3 June 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 124

    AN ATTIC RED-FIGURED NECK-AMPHORA

    ATTRIBUTED TO THE SHUVALOV PAINTER, CIRCA 430 B.C.

    Price Realised  

    AN ATTIC RED-FIGURED NECK-AMPHORA
    ATTRIBUTED TO THE SHUVALOV PAINTER, CIRCA 430 B.C.
    The obverse with a pursuit scene involving a youthful hunter, perhaps the hero Theseus, and a young woman, the youth running to the left, with long wavy hair, nude but for a chlamys, a petasos suspended over his shoulders, wearing high laced boots, holding a spear in his lowered left hand, his right arm extending forward, the woman moving left but turning back, with long tresses falling onto her shoulders, wearing a peplos, her arms extending out; the reverse with a standing draped youth holding a phiale; a band of ovolo encircling below
    7 1/8 in. (18 cm.) high


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    The youth is labeled "Theseus" on a similar pursuit scene on a bell-krater by the Komaris Painter in the Louvre (see p. 223 in Matheson, Polygnotos and Vase Painting in Classical Athens). According to Matheson, the spear carried by the youth should not be viewed as a weapon to be used against the woman, since it is not held in the attack position; instead it is simply an attribute symbolic of the youth's ephebic status. The erotic nature of the pursuit is emphasized when, as with the present example, the woman turns back towards her pursuer, extending her hand.

    Provenance

    New York Art Market.
    with Charles Ede, London, 1995 (Pottery from Athens, no. 27).


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM A U.S. PRIVATE COLLECTION


    Literature

    Beazley Archive no. 46414.