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AN ATTIC RED-FIGURED VOLUTE-KRATER FRAGMENT
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AN ATTIC RED-FIGURED VOLUTE-KRATER FRAGMENT

ATTRIBUTED TO EPIKTETOS, CIRCA 510 B.C.

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AN ATTIC RED-FIGURED VOLUTE-KRATER FRAGMENT
ATTRIBUTED TO EPIKTETOS, CIRCA 510 B.C.
14 5/8 in. (37.1 cm.) wide
Provenance
with N. Koutoulakis (1910-1996), Geneva.
Acquired by the current owner from the above, 1988.
Literature
D. von Bothmer, "Reviewed Work(s): Die Entstehung und Entwicklung des Volutenkraters von den frühesten Anfängen bis zur Ausprägung des kanonischen Stils in der attisch schwarzfigurigen Vasenmalerei by Konrad Hitzl" in Gnomon 57 Bd., H. 1, 1985, p. 67.
J. Gaunt, The Attic Volute-Krater (Ph.D. diss. New York University), 2002, p. 512, no. IV.6.

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This impressive volute-krater fragment is an unusually large vase for Epiktetos. Other than one calyx-krater painted early in his career, he was primarily a specialist in smaller vases, principally cups of various form and plates (see pp. 57-58 in J. Boardman, Athenian Red Figure Vases, The Archaic Period). Depicted on the neck of this fragment is a Dionysiac thiasos, framed below by elegant adorsed palmettes and above by a band of key on the vessel rim. The god is at the center, walking right but looking back, with a rhyton and grape vines in his hands, while a satyr and a maenad approach from either side, followed by satyrs and donkeys. For a similar thiasos on a skyphos by Epiktetos now in The British Museum, see pl. L in D. Paléothodoros, Épictétos. Inscriptions in the field include HIPPARCHOS KALOS.

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