An Attic column krater
Lot 19W
An Attic black-figure column krater
Sold for £10,000 (US$ 16,808) inc. premium
Auction Details
An Attic column krater
Lot Details
An Attic black-figure column krater
Circa 530-500 B.C.
Enlivened with red and white slip, depicting on side (a) Herakles fighting the Nemean lion, his cloak, bow and quiver hanging on a tree in the background, the remains of an inscription above the figures; on side (b) Europa on the bull's back, holding a garland; both scenes framed by bands of ivy and tongues, the figure of Iolaos holding a club depicted under one handle and the draped figure of Athena under the other handle; the neck decorated on side (a) with a band of felines and goats, bands of ivy and lotus buds and two palmettes adorning the rim, a band of rays above the foot, 13¼in (34cm) high


  • Provenance:
    German private collection, acquired at Christie's London, 7 October 2010, lot 126.
    Belgian private collection, acquired in 1982.
    Dutch private collection, acquired in the 1960s.

    A similar use of figure-friezes for decorating the neck of column kraters can be found in the works by the painters of the Leagros Group, cf. J.D. Beazley, 'Attic Red-Figure Vase-Painters', 2nd edition, Oxford, 1963, pl. 235.
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