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275233, ATHENIAN, Boston (MA), Museum of Fine Arts, Philadelphia (PA), market, 63.1246

  • Vase Number: 275233
  • Fabric: ATHENIAN
  • Technique: RED-FIGURE
  • Shape Name: KRATER, CALYX
  • Date: -500 to -450
  • Attributed To: Perhaps DOKIMASIA P by BEAZLEY
  • Last Recorded Collection: Boston (MA), Museum of Fine Arts: 63.1246
  • Previous Collections:
    • Philadelphia (PA), market
  • Publication Record: Ahlberg-Cornell, G., Myth and Epos in Early Greek Art, Representation and Interpretation (Jonsered, 1992): 337, 340, FIGS.142, 247 (PART OF A, B)
    Albersmeier, S. (ed.), Heroes, Mortals and Myths in ancient Greece (Baltimore, 2009): 164, FIG.94A-B (A, B)
    Arethusa: 18, (1985) 119, FIG.2 (A)
    Balme, M. and Lawall, G., Athenaze. An Introduction to Ancient Greek. Third Edition (Oxford, 2016): 61, UNNUMBERED (B)
    Beazley, J.D., Attic Red-Figure Vase-Painters, 2nd edition (Oxford, 1963): 1652
    Beazley, J.D., Paralipomena (Oxford, 1971): 373
    Beihefte zum Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum Deutschland: IV (2009) 28, FIG.3 (A)
    Belloni, L., Bonandini, A., Ierano, G., and Moretti, G. (eds.), Le Immagini nel Testo, il Testo nelle Immagini, Rapporti fra parola e visualita nella tradizione greco-latina (Trento, 2010): 139-140 (A)
    Bundrick, S.D., Music and Image in Classical Athens (Cambridge, 2005): 25, FIG.13 (B)
    Carpenter, T.H., Art and Myth in Ancient Greece (London, 1991): FIG.351 (A)
    Carpenter, T.H., with Mannack, T. and Mendonca, M., Beazley Addenda, 2nd edition (Oxford, 1989): 235
    Cavalier, O. (ed.), Silence et Fureur, La femme et le marriage en Grece, Les antiquites grecques du Musee Calvet (Avignon, ca.1997): 272-273,279,294, FIGS.101-103,106 (COLOUR OF A, DRAWINGS OF A&B)
    Clark, M., Exploring Greek Myth (Malden, Oxford, and Chichester, 2012): 142, FIG.11.1 (A)
    Cohen, A. and Rutter, J.B. (eds.), Constructions of childhood in ancient Greece and Italy, Hesperia Supplement 41 (Princeton, 2007): 92, FIG.4.3 (AH)
    Cohen, B. (ed.), Not the Classical Ideal, Athens and the Construction of the Other in Greek Art (Leiden, Boston and Köln, 2000): 93, FIG.3.9 (B)
    Csapo, E. and Slater, W.J., The Context of Ancient Drama (Ann Arbor, 1995): PLS.2A-B (A, B)
    Frank, S., Attische Kelchkratere, eine Untersuchung zum Zusammenspiel von Gefässform und Bemalung (Frankfurt, 1990): PL.17 (A,B,SIDES)
    Frasca, R. (ed.), La multimedialita della comunicazione educativa in Grecia e a Roma, Scenario, Percorsi (Bari, 1996): 88, FIGS.1-2 (A, B)
    Geroulanos, S. and Bridler, R., Trauma, Wund-Entstehung und Wund-Pflege im antiken Griechenland (Mainz, 1994): FIGS.28, 30 (A, B)
    Grmek, M., and Gourevitch, D., Les maladies dans l'art antique (1998): 85, FIG.49 (PART OF A)
    Kader, I. (ed.), Penelope rekonstruiert, Geschichte und Deutung einer Frauenfigur, Sonderausstellung des Museums für Abgüsse Klassischer Bildwerke München 9. Oktober bis 15. Januar 2007 (Munich, 2007): 105, FIG.4.8 (A)
    Knoepfler, D., Les Imagiers de l'Orestie, Mille ans d'art antique autour d'un mythe grec (Zurich, 1993): 54, FIGS.35-36, PL.7 (COLOUR OF A, AH)
    Koloski-Ostrow, A.O., and Lyons, C.L., Naked Truths, Women, Sexuality and Gender in Classical Art and Archaeology (London, 1997): 95, 100, FIGS.10, 12 (A, B)
    Kondoleon, C., Grossmann, R.A. et al., MFA Highlights, Classical Art (Boston, 2008): 66 (COLOUR OF A)
    Lefkowitz, M., Greek Gods, Human Lives (New Haven and London, 2003): FRONTISPIECE 3, 121, 124 (A, B, PART OF A)
    Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae: VI, PL.36, KLYTAIMESTRA 16 (A)
    Maas, M. and Snyder, J.M, Stringed Instruments of Ancient Greece (New Haven, 1989): 137, FIG.17 (B)
    Morford, M. et al., Classical Mythology, International Ninth Edition (Oxford, 2011): 442, 459 (A, B)
    Morris, S.P., Daidalos and the Origins of Greek Art (Princeton, 1992): FIG.7 (A, B)
    Neils, J. and Oakley, J.H. (eds.), Coming of Age in Ancient Greece, Images of Childhood from the Classical Past (New Haven, 2003): 122, FIG.9 (B)
    Powell, B. Homer's Iliad and Odyssey. The Essential Books (Oxford, 2015): 253, FIG.1 (A)
    Reeder, E.D. et al., Pandora, Women in Classical Greece (Baltimore, 1995): 106, FIG.6 (A)
    Robertson, C.M., The art of vase-painting in classical Athens (Cambridge, 1992): 117, FIG.118 (A)
    Schefold, K., Jung, F., Die Sagen von den Argonauten, von Theben und Troia in der klassischen und hellenistischen Kunst (Munich, 1989): 299-300, FIGS.257-258 (A, B)
    Schmidt, S. and Stähli, A. (eds.), Vasenbilder im Kulturtransfer, Zirkulation und Rezeption griechischer Keramik im Mittelmeerraum, Beiheft zum Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum Deutschland V (Munich, 2012): 86, FIGS.3-4 (A, B)
    Shapiro H.A., Myth into Art, Poet and Painter in Classical Athens (London, 1994): 128-129, 137, FIGS.89-90, 96 (A, B, UH)
    Stansbury-O'Donnell, M.D, Pictorial Narrative in Ancient Greek Art (Cambridge, 1999): 107, FIG.45 (A)
  • AVI Web:
  • AVI Record Number: 2812
  • LIMC ID: 11350
  • LIMC Web:
  • CAVI Collection: Boston 63.1246.
  • CAVI Lemma: RF calyx krater. Dokimasia Painter. Second quarter fifth. 458 or 457 B.C. (Vermeule){1}.
  • CAVI Subject: A: Death of Agamemnon by Aegisthus. B: Death of Aegisthus by Orestes.
  • CAVI Inscriptions: A: between Aegisthus and Agamemnon: ε ε{2}. B: nonsense: between Clytemnestra and Orestes, running over her arm: νονενον. Over Electra's forearm: N. Above Aegisthus' head: N(.){3}. Over Electra's palm: a broken eta?{4}.
  • CAVI Footnotes: {1} but stylistically earlier. {2} Vermeule's interpretation of two small epsilons, separated from each other, one of which is visible in pl. 3, fig. 4 and is not particularly related to Agamemnon's open mouth. E.V.: " The groans hang painted in the air betweem the two men." I do not know what to make of this; note that B has nonsense inscriptions. Are there no other letters on A? {3} the second letter is a stroke - of iota or eta? {4} E.V. thinks perhaps νη̣ is intended.
  • CAVI Comments: The BG surface is poor and some letters on B may have flaked off. I have relied on E.V. except for the one epsilon that shows in the photo. - E.V. compares the nonsense letters on New York 06.1021.188, also by the Dokimasia Painter; see AJA 70 (1966) 5 n. 8.
  • CAVI Number: 2812
  • AVI Bibliography: ARV[2] (1963), 1624/34 quater. — E.T. Vermeule (1966), 1-22, pls. 1-4 and 5,19. — Para. (1971), 373. — Add.[2] (1989), 234 (much bibl.).
  • CAVI / AVI Data from Henry Immerwahr's Corpus of Attic Vase Inscriptions (CAVI), updated by Rudoph Wachter's Attic Vase Inscriptions (AVI)
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