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  • Red-figured Pelike. A: A Man, a Youth and a Boy Looking at a Swallow. B: A Fight Between Two Naked Athletes

    Dimensions:
    height: 37,5 cm

Red-figured Pelike. A: A Man, a Youth and a Boy Looking at a Swallow. B: A Fight Between Two Naked Athletes

Created: Attica. Circa 510 BC

Found:

Pelike is a vessel for wine or oil with two handles and a body which spreads towards the bottom. This is an outstanding work by an anonymous Attic potter. On the body of the vase is a battle between two naked athletes and the inscription "Handsome is the youth Leagros". On the other side are a man, a youth and a boy looking at the first swallow. Inscriptions relate their conversation: "Look, a swallow!" says the youth. "Indeed, by Heracles", confirms the man. "There she is!" cries the boy. The final inscription reads "It is spring", confirming the meaning of the scene. The flat figures are totally subordinated to the form of the vase. The images are rather conventional, the movements angular, the folds of drapery treated in a decorative manner. The pale figures of the colour of fired clay can be clearly read against the dark background. The composition is simple and clear, the drawing confident, the idea fresh. This anonymous master was one of the "Pioneer Group", those who first developed the new red-figure style of vase painting, in place of black-figure painting, whereby the image was applied in black lacquer to the surface of the clay.

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Red-figured Pelike. A: A Man, a Youth and a Boy Looking at a Swallow. B: A Fight Between Two Naked Athletes

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height: 37,5 cm

Acquisition date:

Entered the Hermitage in 1901; formerly in the Abaza collection

Inventory Number:

ГР-8057

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