Nov 12, 2009
Nov 12, 2009
Nov 12, 2009

Red-Figure Bail Amphora (Storage Vessel): Draped Women

Red-Figure Bail Amphora (Storage Vessel): Draped Women

330–320 BC

attributed to CA Painter, Walters Sub-group

(South Italian, Campanian, active at Cumae, c. 350-320 BC)

Ceramic

Diameter: 12.2 cm (4 13/16 in.); Overall: 54.6 cm (21 1/2 in.)

Gift of Italian Ministry of Public Education 1967.245

Location

Did you know?

This vase once belonged to the famous opera singer Evan Gorga.

Description

The bail amphora, named for the tall handle arching over the mouth, is a shape made primarily in Campania, where red-figure vases were produced at both Capua and Cumae in the 4th century BC. The anonymous painter of this vase is known as the CA Painter, for Cumae A, the first significant artist in this area. The seated and standing women on both sides of the vase, some only partially draped (and their white skin now largely lost), recall those on many of the painter’s other vases, as do the elaborate palmette patterns on either side.

See also
Collection: 
GR - South Italy
Department: 
Greek and Roman Art
Type of artwork: 
Ceramic
Medium: 
Ceramic

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