Knob-handled patera

Greek, South Italian
Early Hellenistic Period
about 330–320 B.C.
Stone Chin

Place of Manufacture: Italy, Apulia

Catalogue Raisonné

Vase-Painting in Italy (MFA), no. 057.


9 cm (3 9/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Red Figure

Not On View


Europe, The Ancient World



Interior: Female head to left.

Side A: Woman seated to left, holding mirror and wreath.
Side B: Eros seated to left. Painted over.

Round dish with two handles. This patera is smaller than the others in this collection; it has knobs on top of the handles as well as beside them; the bowl is quite shallow. The foot is in two degrees, with a spreading riser and a torus base.

Related to the Chur Painter
about 330-320 B.C.
Interior: Female head to the left, wearing a necklace with yellow pendants, yellow earrings, a sakkos decorated with crosses and beads, and a fillet or stephane with small, yellow oak leaves. In the field at the left is a yellow fillet. The head is framed by a narrow, circular stripe, around which runs a large white grapevine.
A: A woman in a chiton, shoes, and kekryphalos is seated to the left on a rock. She holds a mirror in her right hand and a wreath in the left. Her jewelry includes bracelets, necklace, and a beaded fillet. A fillet and a large rosette float in the field.
B: Eros is seated to the left on a rock, a cista in his right hand. He wears a necklace, bracelets, shoes, a beaded fillet, and a spiral anklet. In the field are three fillets and three small ivy leaves.
Below the handles, framing the figures, are large palmettes framed by scrolling tendrils. There is much use of added yellow and white throughout both exterior scenes, including stripes and dots on the rocks, fillets and jewelry, shoes, leaves, mirror, parts of Eros’s wings, short, dotted groundlines, the cores of the palmettes, and dots in the tendrils. There are white rosettes on the knobs and simple tongue around the outer rim, the top of which is reserved.
Trendall and Cambitoglou compared the “oak-leaf stephane” of the woman in the interior to those of the Oak-Leaf Painter but connected the drawing of the woman’s face to the Chur Painter (RVAp, II, pp. 671, 693). Compare also the interior of a patera once in the New York market (A. Emmerich Gallery Inc., ARTS OF ANCIENT ITALY: ETRUSCANS, GREEKS AND ROMANS [New York, 1970], p. 45, no. 72).


By date unknown: Thomas Gold Appleton Collection; gift of Thomas Gold Appleton to MFA, 1876

Credit Line

Gift of Thomas Gold Appleton