Late Archaic-Early Classical
ca. 500 BCE - ca. 475 BCE
5 7/8 x 5 15/16 x 7/16 in. (14.9 x 15.1 x 1.1 cm)
Bryn Mawr College
Containers and Vessels; Vessels; Plates
Inscription (complete): ΗΟ ΠΑΙΣ ΚΑΛΟΣ ( The boy is beautiful Location of inscription: Red Letter, Written in retrograde stretching from above his head to his shin. Above the symposist’s head and raised arm, ΗΟ ΠΑΙΣ, below his outstretched hand and along the knee, ΚΑΛΟΣ.
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- Forms of competitive play, usually involving an element of strategy, especially to interfere with an opponent's play; may or may not require physical skill.
- Words, texts, lettering, or symbols marked on a work, including texts, legends, documentation notes, or commemoration. For standardized symbols or notations on objects that convey official information, use "marks (symbols)."
- Ancient Greek vase inscriptions that take the form of "so-and-so [is] kalos," kalos meaning handsome or beautiful, with an erotic connotation. Some such inscriptions are found on walls as well. The inscriptions are thought to indicate male homosexual love or a cult of celebrity, associated with pederastic courtships that were customary in ancient Greece; they probably reflect the emotions of the patron of the vessel rather than those of the vase painter. The names are usually those of teenage artistocratic Athenians. Those that can be associated with known historical figures have played a significant role in establishing the chronology of Attic vase painting, for they were presumably written when the named person was young. Kale inscriptions for women also exist but they are outnumbered by kalos inscriptions more than twenty to one; the women who are praised in these inscriptions were probably courtesans. The majority of kalos inscriptions are on vases produced between 550 and 450 BCE.
- Couches having raised head ends and various distinctive styles of legs, used in ancient Greece chiefly for sleeping and dining but also for laying out the dead during ritual mourning and in their tombs. The earliest depictions are in funerary scenes on Geometric vases.
- Ancient Greek votive images on plaques. The supports may be terracotta, wood, marble, or bronze; images may be cast, impressed, sculpted, or painted.
- Aids to the initial visualization of a design, especially, but not limited to, drawings. Less finished than "preliminary drawings" or "preparatory drawings."
- Refers to a style of Greek vase painting that developed from the Black-figure style. It appeared in Athens around 530 BCE and spread to other areas of Greece, southern Italy, Etruria, and elsewhere in the Mediterranean area, until it disappeared in the third century BCE. The style is characterized by a particular technique, which involves the use of refined slip and a two-phase firing process to create a black ground through sintering, with figures reserved in red. The details of the figures are more fluid than in the Black-figure style, and are typically drawn with a brush, using both a defined, black relief line and a more dilute line that varies in color from dark gold to black.
- Formal meetings at which several specialists deliver short addresses on a topic or on related topics.
- Drawings preliminary to other works of art that are actually incorporated into those works.
- Refers to two-dimensional decoration applied to pottery by using paint made of metallic oxides or other pigments held in suspension in slip or another medium. The term is particularly used to refer to Ancient Greek red- and black-figure works. See also "porcelain paintings (visual works)."
J. D. Beazley,
Attic Red-Figure Vase-Painters
Oxford, United Kingdom, 1963
Page Number: 456,
Figure Number: I
and Emily Croll.
Worlds to Discover.
Bryn Mawr College.
Bryn Mawr, PA, 2010
Page Number: 10
"Treasures,"Bryn Mawr College Alumnae Bulletin
The Classical Art Research Centre,
"The Beazley Archive Online."
Classical Art Research Centre.
(Accessed April 1, 2020):
University of Oxford,
Record No.: 216736.
"Attic Vase Inscriptions."
(Accessed April 1, 2020):
Record No.: 2971.
Thomas H. Carpenter
and Thomas Mannack.
Beazley addenda; 1989
Oxford University Press, for the British Academy.
Oxford, United Kingdom, 1989
Page Number: 243
David Moore Robinson
and Sarah Elizabeth Freeman.
Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum, United States, Fascicule 6
(Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1937),
Figure Number: Plates (265, 266) 22.1A-C, 23.1
H. Alan Shapiro,
Art, Myth, and Culture
(New Orleans, LA: New Orleans Museum of Art with Tulane University, 1981),
Figure Number: No. 67
"Veni, Vidi, Vici – Taking a Chance on Chance."
50, no. 2
Catalogue Raisonné List
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