Apulian Greek Red-Figure Krater

 

Apulian Greek Red-Figure Krater

An ancient Apulian Greek red-figure bell-krater with a young satyr, amorous and full of hopeful anticipation, sneaking up on an unsuspecting nude female. She stands before a water basin and holds an alabastron with perfumed oil in her left hand. On the reverse, two draped youths stand facing one another, each holding a staff.

Apulia, Magna Graecia, Southern Italy.
Ca. 360-350 BC.
Height: 9 3/4 in. (24.5 cm).
Intact.

The krater has been attributed to the Painter of Athens 1714, from the workshop of the Iliupersis painter.

The output and quality of the Greek colonial potters working in Apulia increased greatly following the Peloponnesian War when Attic exports fell off sharply. Apulian craftsmanship is an amalgamation of the Ionian (Athenian, Attic) conventions, and Doric (Western colonial Greek) styles, with a noticeable native Italian aesthetic.

Published : A. D. Trendall, The Red-Figure Vases of Apulia II, (1982), p. 1051, addendum to RVAp I 220, as no. 8/240a.  Zurich, Fortuna: Galerie für alte Kunst, Antikenkatalog (1979), cat. no. 21, illus.

Formerly in the collection of C. von Faber-Castell, Switzerland; with Fortuna: Galerie für alte Kunst, Zurich, inv. no. C 655, 1979.

Inv#: 6791

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