12 June 2000
AN ATTIC RED-FIGURED COLUMN-KRATER
circa 470-460 b.c.
The obverse with the abduction of Oreithyia by Boreas, the North wind, depicted as a bearded man with his wings upraised, clad in a chiton, holding two spears in his right hand, his left hand resting on Oreithyia's shoulder, gazing up into the eyes of his future bride, the daughter of the Athenian king Erechtheus wearing a long chiton, her hair bound in a band, wearing a disk earring, an old man to the right, likely Erechtheus, wrapped in a himation, holding a dotted staff, while Oreithyia's companion flees to the left but looks back, holding her wrap in her hands, a Thracian warrior looking on from the left, wearing a patterned mantle over his short chiton, a fox-tail cap on his head, holding two spears in his left hand; the reverse with an bearded man with a staff standing between two draped youths, the figure to the left with a skyphos in his upraised hand, a basket hanging to the right; both sides framed by vertical bands of double dots on each side and a band of tongues above, with a band of double dots on the rim, the obverse with dotted lotus bud chain on the neck, graffito on the underside of the foot
18 in. (45.72 cm) high
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Kaempf-Dimitriadou, "Boreas," in LIMC, Vol. III, p. 136, no. 26.
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