Vase-Painting in Italy (MFA), no. 180.
11.4 x 16 cm (4 1/2 x 6 5/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Ceramic, Red Figure
Not On View
ITALIAN VASE PAINTING in ITALY, #180 (80.575)
Last 3rd of 4th century B.C.
There are stripes on top of the mouth and head and on the covert feathers; the primary feathers are represented more or less naturalistically. On both necks (i.e., below the head and the mouth) are horizontal stripes with pendant vertical stripes. The eyes are mere dotted circles. There are two broad bands of maenders on the back beneath the handle, and on the breast and below the tail are black palmettes: the one on the breast curled inward, that to the rear out-spread.
Beazley (EVP, pp. 191-192) compiled a list of such askoi and remarked on their inferiority to those of the earlier Clusium Group. Del Chiaro (RA 1978; see reference below) has studied these later duck-askoi and assigns the Boston example to his type A.2, which he believes was produced in Tarquinia. Pianu (Figure rosse, pp. 150-151) admits that the majority of such askoi have been found at Tarquinia but sees no specific connection with the other wares ascribed to that city. The use of black figure palmette ornament connects them strongly with Vulci, as in vases like the fragmentary krater with black-figure palmettes under the handle (cat. no. 1700.
gift of Henry P. Kidder to MFA, October 21, 1880
Gift of Henry P. Kidder