12 June 2000
AN ATTIC RED-FIGURED KYLIX
attributed to the hermaios painter
circa 510-500 b.c.
The tondo with a nude young woman, likely a hetaira, wearing a sakkos in her hair and disk-shaped earrings, holding a large olisbos (a dildo) in her right hand which is secured to her wrist by a red cord, and reaching towards its tip with her left hand, enclosed within a reserved band
7 9/16 in. (19.2 cm) diameter
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Guy in Leipen, et al., Glimpses of Excellence, A Selection of Greek Vases and Bronzes from the Elie Borowski Collection, no. 9.
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