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Red-figure skyphos, Campanian, Mid-4th century B.C.
Red-figure skyphos, Campanian, Mid-4th century B.C. - Ancient Art Style
Ref : 104938
7 400 €
Period :
BC to 10th century
Artist :
Atella Painter
Medium :
Dimensions :
H. 7.83 inch
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Red-figure skyphos, Campanian, Mid-4th century B.C.

Side A: a lovemaking scene, to the left a standing male, his arms around the waist of his paramour, her chiton pushed to either side of her lower torso exposing her derriere, as she leans forwards, her hands grasping a tree (?)
Side B: two female servants both wearing chiton and himation, one holding a phiale in her raised left hand; palmettes and scrolling flower tendrils below each handle, ovolo around the rim with line of dots beneath, foot reserved, with details in added white
18.8 cm high

Representations of erotic scenes are almost non-existent in Italiote vase painting. Although the quality of this piece is relatively unassuming, the subject matter makes it incredibly significant within the corpus of similar skyphoi.

Japanese private collection, prior to 2001
Christie's Antiquities, London, 25 April 2001
Private collection, Switzerland, acquired from the above

For a similar piece see A.D. Trendall, The Red-Figured Vases of Lucania, Campania and Sicily, supplement I, p. 61 no. 895a

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