London, South Kensington
25 April 2001
AN APULIAN RED-FIGURE PELIKE
CIRCA 350 B.C.
Side A: a seated youth, naked save for an himation, holding a leafy branch and a phiale, approached by a draped woman holding out a casket, a fillet between them, with naked Eros flying above holding a mirror, an iynx (magic wheel) and a fillet, flowers in the field, neck frieze of rosettes
Side B: two draped youths, one with staff, the other carrying a strigil, a foliate tendril between them, a fillet, wreath and rosette above, neck frieze of laurel
Double palmettes with tendrils under each vertical handle, a frieze of meander with central crossed square below, details in added white, with a presentation case
17 in. (43.2 cm.) high
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