12 June 2000
AN ATTIC RED-FIGURED COLUMN-KRATER
attributed to the göttingen painter
circa 480-470 b.c.
The obverse with two aroused youths who have paired off with two hetairai, both women with a sakkos in their hair, moving left but looking back at their ithyphallic companions, the woman to the left with a rhyton in her right hand, the youth gripping her left wrist, the woman to the right with her right arm raised to her long hair which protrudes from the sakkos, her left hand lowered to the youth's thigh, the youths wearing a thick fillet; the reverse with a woman, perhaps Europa, seated on the back of a bull moving to the right, the woman clad in a himation, gripping the bull's back with her right hand, holding a fan in her left hand, with vines in the field; both scenes framed by ivy at each side and tongues above, with rays above the foot, lotus bud chain on the neck of the obverse, ivy on the rim, palmettes on the handle-plates and lotus bud chain on the upper surface of the rim, a band of red on the edge of the rim; some details in added white
14 in. (35.5 cm) high
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