Fragment of a krater

Greek, South Italian
Classical Period (Early Apulian)
390–380 B.C.
The Black Fury Painter


Place of Manufacture: Italy, Apulia

Catalogue Raisonné

Vase-Painting in Italy (MFA), no. 012.

Dimensions

Length: 12 cm (4 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

13.206

Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Red Figure

Not On View

Collections

Europe, The Ancient World

Classifications

Vessels

Callisto being turned into a bear. Her head, with ursine ears, and one clawed hand are visible to the right of a pollarded laurel tree. She is skillfully drawn in three-quarter view, with attention to such details as pupils, irises, eyelashes, and the hairs on the nape. Her long locks are rendered with a multitude of relief lines. The spotted cloak of another figure (Artemis?) appears to the left, possibly a shoulder and forearm.

ITALIAN VASE PAINTING in ITALY, # 12 (13.206)
Fragment of a Krater
Attributed to the Black Fury Painter
390-380 B.C.
Callisto being turned into a bear. Her head, with ursine ears, and one clawed hand are visible to the right of a pollarded laurel tree. She is skillfully drawn in three-quarter view, with attention to such details as pupils, irises, eyelashes, and the hairs on the nape. Her long locks are rendered with a multitude of relief lines. The spotted cloak of another figure (Artemis?) appears at the left, possibly a shoulder and forearm.
This piece well illustrates the early stages of the Ornate syle, and the quality of the drawing supports Trendall’s comment that “Fragments… from vases in the Black Fury Group must rank among the finest examples of early Apulian vase-painting” (Handbook, p. 78).
An oinochoe in the Getty Museum (72, AE.128) presents the subject in fuller form; see A.D. Trendall, AntK 20 (1977), pp. 99-101; RVAp, I, pp. 165-167, no. 7/12. For Callisto, see I. McPhee, LIMC, V, 1, pp. 940-944; V, 2, pls. 604-605.

Provenance

By 1912: with E. P. Warren (according to Warren's records: From Taranto.); purchased by MFA from E. P. Warren, January 2, 1913, for $18,948.70 (this figure is the total price for MFA 13.186-13.245)

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1912