Attic Black-Figure Alabastron: Diosphos Painter

Attic Black-Figure Alabastron: Diosphos Painter

An ancient Greek Attic black-figure alabastron attributed to the Diosphos Painter. The scene depicts Leto stepping into a quadriga, with Apollo holding a kithara. Behind Leto follows Hermes. Above and below are bands of white ground decorated with open and closed palmettes.

Athens, Attica.
Ca. 490 - 480 BC.
Height: 5 3/4 in. (14.6 cm).
Intact.

The Diosphos Painter was an Athenian vase painter active from 500 475 BC, many of his surviving works are on lekythoi. He was thought to be a pupil of the Edinburgh Painter, who also trained the Sappho Painter.
Leto was a Titan, the daughter of Coeus and Phoebe. She was the mother by Zeus of both Apollo and Artemis whom she bore on the island of Delos. The chief places of her legend and worship were Delos and Delphi. The wanderings of Leto were ascribed to the jealousy of Zeus s wife, Hera, who was enraged at Leto s bearing Zeus s children.

Published: J. Eisenberg, Art of the Ancient World, vol. XII (2001), no. 202.

Formerly in a New York private collection acquired from Charles Ede, London in 2000.

Inv#: 7898

$35,000



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