(South Italian, Campanian, active at Cumae, c. 350-320 BC)
Diameter: 12.2 cm (4 13/16 in.); Overall: 54.6 cm (21 1/2 in.)
Gift of Italian Ministry of Public Education 1967.245
This vase once belonged to the famous opera singer Evan Gorga.
The bail amphora, named for the tall handle arching over the mouth, is a shape made primarily in Campania, where red-figure vases were produced at both Capua and Cumae in the 4th century BC. The anonymous painter of this vase is known as the CA Painter, for Cumae A, the first significant artist in this area. The seated and standing women on both sides of the vase, some only partially draped (and their white skin now largely lost), recall those on many of the painter’s other vases, as do the elaborate palmette patterns on either side.
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