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Matsch Painter
Greek (active ca 500 BCE - ca 480 BCE) Primary

Attic Red-Figure Pelike (Storage Vessel) with Two Figural Scenes

Early Classical
480 BCE - 470 BCE

13 9/16 x 10 1/16 x 10 1/16 in. (34.5 x 25.5 x 25.6 cm)

Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: P.2156
Geography: Europe, Greece, Attica
Classification: Containers and Vessels; Vessels; Pelikai
Culture/Nationality: Attic

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  • Archaic - Refers to the pottery style found in Persia around 6000 BCE. The style is characterized by fine, plain buff pottery tempered with straw that is sometimes decorated with simple red or orange painted designs.
  • Attic - Style and culture of the region of Attica. For culture particular to the capital of Attica, Athens, use "Athenian."
  • himations - Wool mantles worn by women and men in ancient Greece.
  • pelikai - Ancient Greek pear-shaped storage vessels with a broad mouth forming a continuous curve with the body; introduced into Attic black-figure pottery at the end of the 6th century BCE, though painted primarily in the red-figure technique. They were principally used for storage of liquids although they were suitable for other commodities. From ca. 450 BCE, pelikai were also used as a container for the ashes of the dead. The shape is related to that of amphora type C.
  • Red-figure - 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.
  • vase paintings - 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)."
  • Warriors
  • women - Refers to female human beings from young adulthood through old age.

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Exhibition List
This object was included in the following exhibitions:
  • Ancient Life on Greek Pottery Bryn Mawr College , Mar 30, 2015 – Jun 1, 2015

  • Owner Name: Charles Kaufman Williams II
    Role: Donor
    Place: Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, USA
    Disposal Method: Donation
    Ownership End Date: 1975

  • Owner Name: Frank V. Matsch
    Role: Collector
    Place: Vienna, Austria
    Acquisition Method: Unknown
    Disposal Method: Likely a s sale after his death in 1942
    Ownership Start Date: Unknown
    Ownership End Date: Likely 1942

Bibliography List
The following Bibliography exist for this object:
  • J. D. Beazley, Attic Red-Figure Vase-Painters Clarendon Press. Oxford, United Kingdom, 1963
    Page Number: 284.2
  • Hedwig Kenner, Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum, Deutschland, Fascicule 5 C. H. Beck’sche Verlagsbuchhandlung. Munich, Germany, 1942
    Page Number: Plate 7
  • The Classical Art Research Centre, "The Beazley Archive Online." Classical Art Research Centre. (Accessed April 1, 2020): University of Oxford, Figure Number: 202568.

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