Greek Vase

UnknownAttica, ca. 440 B.C.

Calouste Gulbenkian Museum

Calouste Gulbenkian Museum


  • Title: Greek Vase
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date: Attica, ca. 440 B.C.
  • Location Created: Greece
  • 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.
  • Physical Dimensions: h42 cm
  • Type: Ceramic
  • External Link: http://museu.gulbenkian.pt
  • Medium: Terracotta


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