Attic Red-Figure Kylix
An ancient Attic Greek red-figure stemless kylix attributed to the Carlsruhe Painter; within the tondo, framed by two solid red bands, are two figures; a mature bearded ruler holding a staff, draped in a himation faces a draped, winged Nike, who offers a Corinthian helmet in her hand. On both sides of the exterior, two draped youths surrounded by florals and palmettes, flank an altar.
The Carlsruhe Painter was an Athenian red-figure vase-painter whose real name is unknown. Nevertheless,consistent individual characteristics of style suggest the existence of a unique artistic personality. J.D. Beazley called him the Carlsruhe Painter naming him after a vase a museum in Carlsruhe. He is largely known for painting lekythoi, but also decorated other shapes.
For similar stemless kylikes with of depictions of Nike and a ruler by the Carlsruhe Painter, see:
Formerly in a New York private collection, acquired from Charles Ede Ltd., London, 1989.