Greek, South Italian
Late Classical Period
about 340–330 B.C.
Place of Manufacture: Italy, Apulia
Vase-Painting in Italy (MFA), no. 048.
10.1 cm (4 in.)
Medium or Technique
Ceramic, Red Figure
Not On View
Interior: Female head emerging from flower within a circular frame of two reserved stripes. Surrounded by flowers, scrolling stems, and acanthus.
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.
By 1901: with E. P. Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought in Naples.); purchased by MFA from E. P. Warren, December 1901
Henry Lillie Pierce Fund