Ancient Greek Apulian Red Figure Pelike Painted with Mythological Scenes
Ancient Greek Apulian Red Figure Pelike Painted with Mythological Scenes
Ancient Greek Apulian Red Figure Pelike Painted with Mythological Scenes
Ancient Greek Apulian Red Figure Pelike Painted with Mythological Scenes
Ancient Greek Apulian Red Figure Pelike Painted with Mythological Scenes
Ancient Greek Apulian Red Figure Pelike Painted with Mythological Scenes
Ancient Greek Apulian Red Figure Pelike Painted with Mythological Scenes
Ancient Greek Apulian Red Figure Pelike Painted with Mythological Scenes
Ancient Greek Apulian Red Figure Pelike Painted with Mythological Scenes
Ancient Greek Apulian Red Figure Pelike Painted with Mythological Scenes
Ancient Greek Apulian Red Figure Pelike Painted with Mythological Scenes
Ancient Greek Apulian Red Figure Pelike Painted with Mythological Scenes
Ancient Greek Apulian Red Figure Pelike Painted with Mythological Scenes
Ancient Greek Apulian Red Figure Pelike Painted with Mythological Scenes
Ancient Greek Apulian Red Figure Pelike Painted with Mythological Scenes
Ancient Greek Apulian Red Figure Pelike Painted with Mythological Scenes

Ancient Greek Apulian Red Figure Pelike Painted with Mythological Scenes

500 BC to 400 BC Italy

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An Ancient Greek Apulian Red Figure Pelike Painted with Mythological Scenes
A young woman her hair tied back dressed in a Chiton with a cloak over her arm and holding a mirror a seated nude youth opposite her holding out an offering dish
To the reverse Two men wearing Himations one with a staff a trail of vine leaves and flowers to the rim Large Palmettes under the Handles the base painted with Stop Maeanders and Cross Squares
Traces of white overlay and incrustation
A crack to the underside of the handle at the neck and a small chip to the underside of the rim
4th Century BC

Size: 34.5cm high, 18cm dia. - 13½ ins high, 7 ins dia.
Provenance: Acquired in Paris in 1920’s
Thence by descent
Ex Private Irish collection

cf: A.D. Trendall, The Red Figure Vases. Oxford 1967, Vol II pg; 47
It is thought that the earliest red figure workshops were set up in Italy by Attic vase painters who moved West following the Peloponnesian War (431-404BC). Although they worked wholly in the Greek tradition as regards shape, subject matter and techniques of manufacture the Apulian potters adjusted their designs with an eye to their Italian market. Over time painted south Italian vases, of which the most numerous are Apulian, became distinguishable from their Attic counterparts not only by differences in shape, which can be subtle or quite obvious, but also by style. Attic and Apulian vases were the products of different worlds, one Ionian Greek with a long tradition of painted ceramics, the other colonial, mostly Dorian Greek, with a strong native element and with a history of importing Attic pottery and drawing inspiration from it for local Italian manufactures.
The prolific Apulian workshops produced many vases decorated with mythological subjects for use as grave goods and it was in this context that many were found in the 19th century.
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