12 June 2000
AN ATTIC RED-FIGURED KYLIX
attributed to the bowdoin-eye painter
circa 510 b.c.
The small tondo with a young athlete bending forward, gripping halteres (weights) in each hand in preparation for the jump, his hair outlined with incision, a kalos inscription to the right; each side of the exterior with three exercising youths, their hair similarly outlined, the scenes nearly identical but for folded garments on a table on one side, in the center a youth moving right but looking left tests the grip of his javelin, to his right a youth runs to the left, his javelin raised and ready to be thrown, and to the left a youth prepares to hurl a discus, a ribbed palmette on either side of each handle, a smaller three-frond palmette below
13¼ in. (33.65 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. 8.
Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, 18 December 1984 to 30 June 1985
According to Beazley (Attic Red-figure Vase-painters, Vol. 1, p. 166) "the Bowdoin-Eye Painter was a companion of the Scheurleer Painter and of the Nikosthenes Painter in his earliest phase." Compare for example the palmettes on the palmette-eye cup, lot 72 in this sale, which is tentatively attributed to the Scheurleer Painter.
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