11 June 2003
AN ATTIC RED-FIGURED BELL-KRATER
Attributed to the Group of Polygnotos, Probably the Christie Painter, Circa 440-420 B.C.
The obverse with a pursuit scene, a youth in the center depicted with curly hair, draped in a chlamys with a striped border pinned at his right shoulder and a petasos hanging over his right shoulder, wearing thonged boots, moving toward a draped woman, a sword in his right hand, a scabbard in the other, the woman running to the right but looking back, gesticulating wildly with her arms, a similarly-draped woman fleeing to the left, a wreath and a tendril in the field; the reverse with a draped woman between two draped youths, each holding a staff; meander and saltire squares below the scenes, a band of laurel below the rim, the krater with twin lug handles
11¼ in. (28.5 cm) high
Antiquities, Sotheby's London, 12-13 December 1983, lot 369
Antiquities, Christie's London, 12 April 2000, lot 170
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The scene on the obverse likely depicts Theseus threatening Aithra, his mother. For a similar scene, compare the skyphos by the Lewis Painter, no. 33 in Cahn, "Aithra I" in LIMC, Vol. I.
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