c. 470–460 BC
(Greek, Attic, active c. 480–460 BC)
Diameter: 40.6 cm (16 in.); Overall: 42.5 cm (16 3/4 in.)
The A. W. Ellenberger, Sr., Endowment Fund 1926.549
These three bearded men wear earrings and Eastern-style headdresses—unusual features in fifth-century BC Athens.
Used for mixing wine and water at a symposium (drinking party), this vase bears images of komasts, or revelers, potentially mirroring the actions of its users. The three bearded men on side A stand out for their earrings, long drapery, and Eastern-style headdresses, and for the parasol held by one. Similar features have been noticed on numerous other red-figure vases, now called “Anakreontic” by scholars. This name refers to Anakreon, a 6th-century BC lyric poet from East Greece sometimes credited with inventing the barbitos, the long-stringed lyre played by the central figure on side A. The youths on side B, one draped, two nude and dancing, are less unusual.
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