6 December 2007
AN ATTIC RED-FIGURED COLUMN-KRATER
ATTRIBUTED TO THE MELEAGER PAINTER, CIRCA 400 B.C.
The obverse with a combat scene, with two nude warriors armed with shields, helmets and spears, battling a horseman wearing a long cloak pinned at his shoulder and a traveler's hat, riding a rearing horse, turning back to face the bearded soldier lunging toward him, his spear in his raised right hand preparing to strike, a figure further to the left also wearing a long pinned cloak leaning back to hurl a stone in his outstretched right hand, on a landscaped groundline in added white; the reverse with three draped youths; the scenes framed by double rows of dots, tongues on the shoulders, laurel on the neck, double rows of dots on the exterior of the rim, laurel on the mouth, palmettes on the handle-plates; details in added white
13 3/8 in. (34 cm.) high
with Ulla Lindner, Munich, 1960s.
Dr. J. Bohler, Munich.
German Private Collection.
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The Meleager Painter takes his name from two neck-amphorae depicting the huntress Atalanta and her lover Meleager. For more on the painter and his career see pp. 168-169 in Boardman, Athenian Red Figure Vases, The Classical Period.
The correct date for the Meleager Painter is early 4th century B.C.
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