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Greek Attic Cup with Erotic Scene - Published!
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From ancient Greece, Attica, dating circa 545 - 530 BC. A tall, graceful footed pottery vessel with marvelous painted scenes. On Side A an ithyphallic satyr grabs a deer from behind with both hands, while Side B shows a satyr copulating with a deer. There are other cups by the Oakeshott Painter in museums around the world: Boston, Museum of Fine Arts (69.1052); Cyrene, Museum (409.13); Frankfurt, Liebieghaus (528); Kurashiki Ninagawa Museum, Japan (25); New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art (17.230.5); Oxford, Ashmolean Museum (1966.941; 1972.162, the name-piece for the painter); Samos, Vathy Museum (K2599; K6791; K6925); see also the Beazley Archive. An especially interesting parallel for our cup, created by the same painter, can be found in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, where an ithyphallic satyr is approaching a mule from behind with sexual intentions. Even closer is a skyphos in Athens, where a deer is sexually assaulted by a satyr.The Oakeshott painter (formerly known as the Painter of the New York Band Cup) received his name from Beazley, who renamed him in honour of Sir Walter and his wife Noel Oakeshott, when they donated a cup by the painter to the Ashmolean Museum Oxford; this cup (inv. nr. 1972.162) has become the name-piece of the painter.

The Oakeshott painter (formerly known as the Painter of the New York Band Cup) received his name from Beazley, who renamed him in honor of Sir Walter and his wife Noel Oakeshott, when they donated a cup by the painter to the Ashmolean Museum Oxford; this cup (inv. nr. 1972.162) has become the name-piece of the painter.

Published: Galerie Nefer 8 (1990), 13 no. 9; mentioned in Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum Athens 4, 35 as a parallel to skyphos 22833 (pl. 23, 3-4). This wonderful piece of art stands just under 5-1/2H (13.7 cm), width including handles 11-1/3 (28.7 cm), complete, re-assembled with no new material, plus on side B is an stained area, which has occurred prior to the firing of the cup.

Provenance: Ex-private European Collection acquired at auction.

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