Ure Museum Database

Accession_Number REDMG:1935.87.32
Shape Column krater
Shape_description Column krater. The handles have two bars of a cylindrical cross-section and adjoin in a square at the rim, having side-surfaces above the bars. The foot is in the shape of an inverted echinus, a cylindrical stand widening towards the bottom. There is also a plastic ring just below the lowest part of the body.
Material Terracotta
Fabric Apulian
Munsell_color 10YR 6/2
Decoration There is a broad, black band at the interior of the rim. On the top of the rim there are black tongues, apart from the surface of the handles, decorated with palmettes. Waves are used to decorate the edge of the rim, while the handles bear small palmettes on their sides and the rest is painted black, as is the body between. Both neck panels have ivy and dots joined by vine. Both sides of the body show a female head, facing left and wearing a decorated cap with a spiked stephane over it. There is a small window (rectangular motif with black vertical line), top right on both sides. Side A, however, has a strigil with wavy endings above the head, top left. Side B has a knot of hair emerging through the apex of the cap. On both sides there are volute-shaped motives at the end of the cap and below the woman's chin. Side A: The woman wears a black earing (a circle and hanging dots) and a neclace of black beads. A hair with a heart-shaped ending falls vertically over her neck. On the other hand, the woman on side B wears a similar but yellow earing and a neclace made of yellow beads. Both women are framed by two vertical red bands, decorated with two similar motives of a vertical row of dots between thin lines. These columnar patterns seem to support a horizontal red band over the head, ornated with tongues between thin lines (one above and two below). However, the surface under the heads is not identical for both sides. Side A has a red band with dots between lines and side B has two parallel lines and the wave pattern. Both the scenes are partly ruddled and added yellow is used to render the details. Miltos apparently was applied last.The lower half of foot is ruddled.
Condition Intact. The glaze has lost its lustre and the red paint is dull. The glaze is also streaky around the foot. There is a major build-up of deposits in the base and in the interior of the rim. There is a gouge on the lower body.
Technique/Style Red figure
Period Late Classical
Date 340-320
Artist Group of Taranto 9243; Group of Taranto 2996; Amphorae Group; Workshop of the Patera Painter
Attribution Trendall and Cambitoglou, RFVA 2.765, 2.772.91, assign this column krater to the Group of Taranto 9243 (formerly known as 'Group of Taranto 2996'), a subgroup of the Amphorae Group, the vases in which 'must be products of the workshop of the Patera Painter'.

Red figure column crater depicting the head of a woman and a series of dots in vertical and horizontal lines below and to the sides.

Front view of an Attic red-figure column krater (side A), showing a female head profile to the left.

Detailed of the front (body) of an Attic red-figure column krater, showing a female head profile to the left.

Side view of an Attic red-figure column krater.

Front view of an Attic red-figure column krater (side A), showing a female head profile to the left.

Side view of an Attic red-figure column krater.

Top view of an Attic red-figure column krater, showing mouth and tops of handles.

Bottom view of an Attic red-figure column krater, showing reserved base.



Bibliography CVA Reading 1, pl. 30.1; A. Cambitoglou, "Groups of Apulian red-figured vases decorated with heads of women or of Nike," JHS 74 (1954) 119; RFVA 24/91
Height 37.6
Diameters Rim 30.0; base 14.5
Handle_height 13.6
Location Body Beautiful
Edited_by Georgia; Karen
Date_edited 06.06.2003; 20.04.2004
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