AN ATTIC RED-FIGURED VOLUTE-KRATER
ATTRIBUTED TO THE NIOBID PAINTER, CIRCA 460-450 B.C.
The obverse with a youthful hunter, perhaps Theseus, in pursuit of two women, the hunter moving right, wearing a short chiton, a chlamys, and a helmet, two spears held in his left hand over his shoulders, both women moving right but looking back, the nearest in a chiton and himation, adorned with spiral bracelets and drop earrings, her hair elaborately bound, holding a tendril in her raised left hand, a palm tree between them, the other in a peplos, adorned with disk earrings, her hair in a sakkos; the reverse with a three-figure departure scene, with a youth standing in the center facing his father to the left, the youth in a chlamys and a petasos, holding two spears, the father wrapped in a himation, holding a staff, the mother standing to the right in a chiton and himation; a band of meander with saltire and crossed-squares encircling below, bands of tongue above, ovolo on the rim with palmettes and lotus flower below on the obverse, slanted addorsed palmettes below on the reverse, double bands of dots on the volutes, tongues framing the handle roots, palmette complexes below, graffiti on the underside of the foot
20¼ in. (51.4 cm.) high