May 4, 2009
Jan 13, 2020
May 4, 2009

Fragment of a Red-Figure Bell-Krater or Calyx-Krater (Mixing Vessel): Female Head (Aglauros)

Fragment of a Red-Figure Bell-Krater or Calyx-Krater (Mixing Vessel): Female Head (Aglauros)

c. 460–450 BC

attributed to Nausicaa Painter

(also known as Polygnotos III; Greek, Attic, active c. 460-440 BC)

Ceramic

Overall: 6.8 x 7.5 cm (2 11/16 x 2 15/16 in.)

Gift of Frances W. Ingalls 1992.369

Location

Did you know?

An inscription identifies this woman as Aglauros, an Athenian princess.

Description

Broken from the upper wall of a large mixing vessel, this fragment shows the head of a woman wearing an earring and an elaborate ribbon in her hair. A faint inscription identifies her as Aglauros, a daughter of Kekrops, the mythical first king of Athens. Although worshipped in a shrine near the Acropolis, Aglauros appears quite rarely in Athenian art, usually with her sisters at the birth of Erichthonios, a future king.

See also
Collection: 
GR - Greek
Department: 
Greek and Roman Art
Type of artwork: 
Ceramic
Medium: 
Ceramic

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