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Greek South Italian Chous with Crawling Boy, ca. 350 BC

Greek South Italian Chous with Crawling Boy, ca. 350 BC


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Ancient World: Greek: Pottery: Pre AD 1000: Item # 1264167
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Bernhard I. Mller, PhD
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Zurich, Switzerland

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 $1,350.00 
Rare miniature chous decorated in Six’s technique with the depiction of a kneeling child facing the viewer with outstretched arms.
The naked child is masterfully rendered with typical podgy features and spotted hair. He wears a thong with amulets around the chest and over his left shoulder.
The motif is connected to the Athenian Anestheria, an old festival held in honor of Dionysos, where three- or four-year-old children were initiated into the festivities.
The few South Italian examples with a similar subject may be connected to Athenian potters who migrated to Italy after Athens’ defeat at the Peloponnesian War.
For further South Italian examples, cf. Beazley Archive nos. 9011931, 9003052, 1007573.
Ceramic
Greek South Italy, mid 4 century BC
H.6.4 cm (2.5 in)
Intact, excellent condition.
Private collection New York

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