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Attic lekythos with youth holding a tendril, ca. 450 BC

Attic lekythos with youth holding a tendril, ca. 450 BC

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Ancient World: Greek: Pottery: Pre AD 1000: Item # 1304440
Ostracon Ancient Art
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Bernhard I. Müller, PhD
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Zurich, Switzerland

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A draped youth strides to the left and holds a sprouting tendril. His hidden left hand rests on the hip and creates a radiating sequence of suspended folds.
For a related motif, cf. Vienna, Kunsthistorisches Museum: IV3741, Beazley Archive as vase no. 9031314.
Much preliminary sketch. The delicate inside drawing rendered with a bristle brush or a hair, dipped in thick paint. The ground line with a band of ovolos.
Two bands of strokes on the reserved shoulder. The side of the foot plate grooved.
Athens, ca. 450 BC
14 cm (5.5 in)
Superb drawing and brilliant black glaze. Spout reattached, otherwise excellent condition. Chip out of the handle’s inside. Red wash on the reserved areas.
German collection Peter Purkerts, Dortmund, collected 1980-2002.

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