Greek vase

Unknownc. 440 B.C.

Calouste Gulbenkian Museum

Calouste Gulbenkian Museum
Lisboa, Portugal

This calyx-krater shaped vase in terracotta painted by the 'red figure' technique, displays the 'free style' characteristic of the mid-fifth century B.C. The narrative themes are of a mythological nature, on two levels, the upper part depicting the abduction of the daughters of Leucippus by the twin deities Castor and Pollux. The lower part is a Bacchic scene involving satyrs pursing maenads.
An ovule frieze separates the two registers framed by an upper frieze of oblique palmettes and a lower one where Greeks alternate with St. Andrew crosses.
It was found at Agrigento, Sicily, and attributed to 'Coghill's painter', from the name of its first owner.


  • Title: Greek vase
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: c. 440 B.C.
  • Location Created: Attica
  • Physical Dimensions: H. 42 x Diam. 44 cm
  • Medium: Terracotta

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