c. 470–460 BC
(Greek, Attic, active c. 480-460 BC)
Diameter: 40.6 cm (16 in.); Overall: 42.5 cm (16 3/4 in.)
The A. W. Ellenberger, Sr., Endowment Fund 1926.549
These three bearded men wear earrings and Eastern-style headdresses—unusual features in fifth-century BC Athens.
Used for mixing wine and water at a symposium (drinking party), this vase bears images of komasts, or revelers, potentially mirroring the actions of its users. The three bearded men on side A stand out for their earrings, long drapery, and Eastern-style headdresses, and for the parasol held by one. Similar features have been noticed on numerous other red-figure vases, now called “Anakreontic” by scholars. This name refers to Anakreon, a 6th-century BC lyric poet from East Greece sometimes credited with inventing the barbitos, the long-stringed lyre played by the central figure on side A. The youths on side B, one draped, two nude and dancing, are less unusual.
The information about this object, including provenance information, is based on historic information and may not be currently accurate or complete. Research on objects is an ongoing process, but the information about this object may not reflect the most current information available to CMA. If you notice a mistake or have additional information about this object, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To request more information about this object, study images, or bibliography, contact the Ingalls Library Reference Desk.
Request a digital file from Image Services that is not available through CC0, a detail image, or any image with a color bar. If you have questions about requesting an image, please email email@example.com.