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A LACONIAN BLACK-FIGURE KYLIX, ATTRIBUTED TO THE HUNT PAINTER

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A LACONIAN BLACK-FIGURE KYLIX, ATTRIBUTED TO THE HUNT PAINTER
Circa 6th Century B.C.

The tondo decorated with a komast scene, a standing figure playing the double pipes whilst two dancers dance energetically, a bird in the field, with two birds on either side of a columned altar in the field below, with radiate design on the underside
4¾in. (12cm.) high; 8¼in. (21cm.) diam. excl. handles

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Cf. R. Green and E. Handley, Images of the Greek Theatre, The British Museum, London, 1995, pp. 16-17, pl. 2 for an Attic cup with similar komasts in their traditional padded costumes. The precise significance of padded dancers is uncertain, although their origins may lie in a rustic fertility ritual. For further examples of dancing komasts, cf. C. M. Stibbe, Lakonische Vasenmaler, London, 1972, no. 219 a hydria from Rhodes; no. 227 a cup from Cerveteri (Florence); and no. 228 another cup (Cabinet des Medailles, Paris)
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