Apulian Volute Krater

Culture: Greek/Apulian
Period: Around 330-320 B.C.
Material: Terracotta
Dimensions: 49.5 cm high
Price: 18 000 Euro
Ref: 2213
Provenance: Galerie Runge, Upper Austria. Acquired at an art fair in Munich. Thence Austrian private collection.
Condition: Professionally reassembled from few fragments. Without any filling.
Description: Red-figure volute krater from Apulia. The central image area depicts a naiskos, formed by two columns of Ionian style. An old warrior in a himation with a rod stands inside the naiskos, surrounded by a shield, greave and helmet. A nude youth and a female figure presenting offerings outside of the naiskos. The old warrior, the naiskos and the meander running below are highlighted in white. On the neck four swan heads revolving. The neck image depicts, also highlighted in white, a seated Eros with his head turned backwards, surrounded by tendrils and garlands. The volutes in form of white and tone color masks. On the back a large portrait of a so-called “lady of fashion”, facing to the left with an opulent hair decoration, necklace and earrings. Below black meander. The neck image depicts palmettes.