provenance: Agrigento excavations; Coghill collection; T. Hope collection; Acquired by Calouste Gulbenkian at Hope collection’s sale, from Christie’s, London, 1917.
description: 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.