4 June 2008,
Price realised USD 10,000
USD 10,000 - USD 15,000
A LUCANIAN RED-FIGURED BELL-KRATER
CIRCA 400 B.C.
The obverse with a nude gesticulating satyr running to the right, his left leg raised, his arms outstretched, with short curly hair and long beard, characteristic pointy ears and pug nose, a maenad before him, moving right and looking back, with short curly hair, draped in a chiton, another maenad standing behind him, facing left, draped in a himation over a chiton; the reverse with three draped youths; meander with saltire squares below the scenes, laurel below the rim
10 5/8 in. (27 cm.) high
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Belgian Private Collection, 1950s.
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