Attic Greek Red-Figure Kalpis
An ancient Attic Greek red-figure kalpis by the Harrow Painter. The large central scene depicts a seated woman holding a mirror and ringing a bell, her sandals hang on the wall, and a dog is seated at her side. Two men approach her from each side. The woman portrayed here is likely a prostitute (hetaira) in the guise of respectable domesticity intended to be especially titillating to her clients.
The Harrow Painter was named by Sir John Beazley after an oinochoe at the Harrow school in London. The painter enjoyed a long career, from roughly 480 to 460 BC. Over 100 vases have been attributed to his hand. Michael Padgett of Princeton University remarks of the Harrow Painter, "one discovers in him many elements of interest and more than a few delightful pictures."
Confer: J. Beazley, ARV2, p. 276, no. 76; J. Beazley, Addenda 2, no. 103; J. Beazley, "Two Vases in Harrow," JHS 36 (1916) pp. 38-47; J. Beazley (1918), no. 56; J. Boardman, Athenian Red Figure Vases, (London 1975), no. 112.
Formerly in the collection of Professor Jorge Silvetti, Massachusetts. Published Galerie Gunter Puhze, Kunst der Antike, 1999, Katalog 13, no. 122.