An Attic black-figure band cup
Lot 6*
An Attic black-figure band cup
£25,000 - 35,000
US$ 43,000 - 60,000
Auction Details
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Lot Details
An Attic black-figure band cup
Near the style of the Painter of Agora 1241, circa 575-525 B.C.
Enlivened with red and white slip and incision, each side decorated with a central grapevine carrying multiple bunches of grape between two dancing maenads wearing long dresses, a palmette on each side of both handles, 8½in (21.5cm) diam excluding handles

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Hôtel Drouot, Paris, 6-7 December 1995, lot 256.
    Jean-Marie Talleux Collection, Grand Fort Philippe, France.

    Literature:
    This cup has unusual composition and it has been suggested that the large grape vine in the middle of the scene represents Dionysus, appearing to his acolytes.

    Dionysiac scenes are a common subject in the work attributed to the Painter of Agora 1241, and only 'Little Master' band cup have been attributed to him. For a similar example, cf. J.D., Beazley, Attic Black-Figure Vase-Painters, Oxford, 1956, 191.1. Also M.B. Moore & M.Z. Pease Philippides, The Athenian Agora, vol. XXIII: Attic Black Figured Pottery, Princeton, 1986, p. 303, no. 1708, pl. 58.
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