Nov 13, 2009
Nov 13, 2009
Nov 13, 2009

Black-Figure Lekythos (Oil Vessel): Pan Presenting Hare to Woman

Black-Figure Lekythos (Oil Vessel): Pan Presenting Hare to Woman

c. 330–320 BC

attributed to Asteas/Python Workshop

(South Italian, Paestan, active c. 360-320 BC)

Ceramic

Diameter: 6.1 cm (2 3/8 in.); Overall: 25.7 x 12.9 cm (10 1/8 x 5 1/16 in.); Diameter of foot: 8.1 cm (3 3/16 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 1985.1

Location

Did you know?

Although his name means “all” in Greek, Pan is primarily a god of shepherds.

Description

This round-bodied oil vessel, produced in Paestum, belongs to a small group of vessels decorated with black figure in the second half of the fourth century BC, long after the technique had previously fallen out of fashion. Unlike most such vessels, which are smaller and feature just a single figure (often a woman or bird), this one shows a more complex and colorful scene. The goat-legged god Pan perches on a branched tree trunk, holding his syrinx (panpipe) and a hare. Facing him, her hands on the trunk, is a draped woman, perhaps a nymph or the moon goddess Selene.

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

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