Knob-handled patera

Greek, South Italian
Late Classical Period
about 340–330 B.C.


Place of Manufacture: Italy, Apulia

Catalogue Raisonné

Vase-Painting in Italy (MFA), no. 048.

Dimensions

10.1 cm (4 in.)

Accession Number

01.8093

Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Red Figure

Not On View

Collections

Europe, The Ancient World

Classifications

Vessels

Interior: Female head emerging from flower within a circular frame of two reserved stripes. Surrounded by flowers, scrolling stems, and acanthus.
Exterior:
Side A: Nude youth, seated to right on folded drapery, holding a syrinx in his left hand. Eros flies toward him from the right with a situla in his right hand and a wreath in his left. At the far right, a draped woman is seated to the left, holding a fan in her hidden left hand.
Side B: Draped woman, Eros, youth.

ITALIAN VASE PAINTING in ITALY, #48 (01.8093)
Attributed tothe Perrone-Phrixos Group
about 340-330 B.C.
Interior: Within a simple circular frame of two reserved stripes, a female head, drawn in three quarter view, is emerging from a large white flower surrounded by flowers, scrolling stems, and acanthus. The woman or goddess wears a fillet and a yellow necklace. A groundline of dotted egg-pattern creates an exergue with three flowers in it. Surrounding the tondo is a white vine with yellow and white leaves.
A: A nude youth is seated to the right on folded drapery, holding a syrinx in his left hand. Eros flies toward him from the right with a situal (which may have originally been yellow) in his right hand and a wreath in the left. Eros wears shoes, a kekryphalos, necklace, and bracelets. At the far right a woman is seated to the left, holding a white and yellow fan in her hidden left hand. The object in her right hand is missing, the the traces preserved by her knees suggest it was a fillet. She wears a chiton, himation, shoes, and a yellow bracelet. A large flower grows at the lower center, and rosettes float in the field.
B: A woman is seated to the right, holding a branch in her right hand and a white or yellow “xylophone,” now quite eroded, in her left. She wears a chiton, himation, shoes, a kekryphalos, a necklace, and bracelets. In the center stands (or hovers) Eros, wearing shoes, kekryphalos, necklace, bracelets, and anklets. He carries a bunch of grapes in his right hand and a ball (?) in the left. At the right, a nude youth wearing a fillet is seated to the left on his cloak, holding a wreath in his right hand and a tray of offerings in his left. In the field are rosettes and fillets; a laurel grows beside Eros.
Below each handle is a large palmette with smaller sprays in the tendrils on either side. The groundline consists of groups of stopt maeanders to left alternating with dotted saltire-squares For the Perrone-Phrixos Group, see comments on cat. no. 47. For floral heads, see comments on cat. no. 21.

Provenance

By 1901: with E. P. Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought in Naples.); purchased by MFA from E. P. Warren, December 1901

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund