|PAESTAN RED-FIGURE SMALL CALYX KRATER FROM THE ASTEAS-PYTHON WORKSHOP
This small krater was made for the tomb, being too small to be useful as a punch-bowl. A reserved fillet circles the stem of the foot, which has a reserved groove at the top. On the obverse cul is a band of wave-pattern above a row of white dots. Tall framing-palmettes in red and yellow flank both figures. Circling the vase under the overhanging rim is an ivy vine with an incised stem and alternating yellow and white leaves.
Side A: A young satyr is seated to the left on a stylized floral. He wears boots with rolled down tops (embades), a white wreath, and white-beaded thigh-chain and bandoleer. In his left hand is a thyrsos tied with a fillet; in his right hand is a “skewer of fruit” and a fillet.
Side B: A nude youth stands with one hand resting on his hip and one foot resting on a stylized floral.
The shape is very rare among Paestan vases with decoration in applied red; bell kraters are much more common.
Ca. 330 BC
H. 6 7/8 in. (17.5 cm.)
Ex German collection; John Kluge collection, Charlottesville, Virginia, acquired from Royal-Athena in 1988; Patricia Kluge collection, Charlottesville, Virginia.
Published: J. Eisenberg, One Thousand Years of Ancient Greek Vases II, 2010, no. 163.