7 December 2000
AN ATTIC RED-FIGURED KYLIX
Attributed to Douris, Circa 480-470 B.C.
The tondo with a bearded man standing on a thin groundline before an altar, a fillet in added red in his hair, wearing a himation draped over his left shoulder and arm, his right arm projecting forward, his hand resting on the top of a walking stick, the voluted altar on a tiered base, the front portion of a chair or kline to the left, a sponge hanging above, with an inscription reading chairestratos kalos in added red above and on the altar, the exergue blank, repaired in antiquity
8½ in. (20.63 cm) diameter
Münzen und Medaillen, Basel, Auktion 56, 19 February 1980, no. 96, (where Robert Guy's attribution is recorded).
Dr. Elie Borowski
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Buitron-Oliver, Douris, A Master-Painter of Athenian Red-Figure Vases, p. 77, no. 69, pl. 50.
Preliminary sketch lines at the bottom of the tondo reveal that Douris had abandoned his original orientation for the composition. For a cup with a similar inversion of the scene see Vienna 3691 by the Epidromos Painter, p. 118, no. 8 in Beazley, Attic Red-figure Vase-painters.
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