Greek, South Italian
Early Hellenistic Period
about 320–310 B.C.
Style resembles The Copenhagen Head Painter
Place of Manufacture: Italy, Apulia
Vase-Painting in Italy (MFA), no. 068.
Height: 3.7 cm (1 7/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Ceramic, Red Figure
Not On View
Interior: A large female head is facing left, wearing a striped kekryphalos, earrings, a double-strand necklace, and a radiate stephane. Added yellow is used for the jewelry, the stripes on the kekryphalos, and the fillet securing the chignon. Floral ornaments are in the field at left and right.
Circling the tondo is a laurel wreath, half-white and half-yellow, and around the rim are black tongues. The outside is black, with a reserved band around the ring foot.
The Copenhagen Head Painter was a late follower of the Baltimore Painter, who, like many minor artists of the period, specialized in decorating both large and small vases with female heads.
(text from Vase-Painting in Italy, catalogue entry no. 68)
By date unknown: Horace L. Mayer Collection; March 7, 1958: loaned to MFA by Horace L. Mayer (as 45.58); gift of Horace L. Mayer to MFA, December 11, 1958
Gift of Horace L. Mayer