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Bryn Mawr Painter
Greek (active ca. 500 BCE - ca. 480 BCE) Primary

Attic Red-Figure Plate with Kottabos Scene

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
Accession Number: P.95
Other Number(s): R 491 (Lewes House Register)
9 (Joseph Clark Hoppin's "Warren" Purchase List Number)
Geography: Europe, Greece (Attica)
Classification: Containers and Vessels; Vessels; Plates
Culture/Nationality: Greek
Findspot: Listed as Rome in Hoppin's list of items purchased from Edward Perry Warren.

Description: 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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  • games - 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.
  • inscriptions - 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)."
  • kalos inscriptions - 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.
  • klinai - 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.
  • Kottabos
  • pinakes - Ancient Greek votive images on plaques. The supports may be terracotta, wood, marble, or bronze; images may be cast, impressed, sculpted, or painted.
  • preliminary sketches - Aids to the initial visualization of a design, especially, but not limited to, drawings. Less finished than "preliminary drawings" or "preparatory drawings."
  • 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.
  • symposia - Formal meetings at which several specialists deliver short addresses on a topic or on related topics.
  • Symposium
  • underdrawings - Drawings preliminary to other works of art that are actually incorporated into those works.
  • 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

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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
  • Worlds to Discover: 125 Years of Collections at Bryn Mawr College Bryn Mawr College , Sep 24, 2010 – May 28, 2011
  • Selected Works of Art, Archaeology, Ethnography and Decorative Arts from the College's Collections Bryn Mawr College , Feb 20, 2002 – Feb 24, 2002
  • Learning, Revolution, and Democracy The University and College Consortium for the Bicentennial , Mar 1, 1976 – Dec 1, 1976

  • Owner Name: Joseph Clark Hoppin
    Role: Donor
    Place: Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, US
    Acquisition Method: Purchased from Edward Perry Warren
    Disposal Method: Donated to Bryn Mawr College
    Ownership Start Date: 1901
    Ownership End Date: 1901

  • Owner Name: Edward Perry Warren
    Role: Buyer, Collector, Seller
    Place: Lewes House, England
    Acquisition Method: unknown
    Disposal Method: Sold to Joseph Clark Hoppin
    Ownership Start Date: 1901 or before
    Ownership End Date: 1901

  • Owner Name: Francesco Martinetti
    Role: Dealer
    Place: Rome, Italy
    Acquisition Method: unknown
    Disposal Method: Sold
    Ownership Start Date: unknown
    Ownership End Date: unknown

Bibliography List
The following Bibliography exist for this object:
  • Joseph Clark Hoppin, A Handbook of Attic Red-Figured Vases. Harvard University Press. Cambridge, MA, 1919
    Page Number: 1, 280, Figure Number: 61
  • J. D. Beazley, Attic Red-Figure Vase-Painters Clarendon Press. Oxford, United Kingdom, 1963
    Page Number: 456, Figure Number: I
  • Marianne Hansen and Emily Croll. Worlds to Discover. Bryn Mawr College. Bryn Mawr, PA, 2010
    Page Number: 10
  • "Treasures," Bryn Mawr College Alumnae Bulletin (May 2010): 6-7.
  • Rudolf Wachter, "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
  • Lucilla Burn and Ruth Glynn. Beazley addenda; 1982 Oxford University Press, for the British Academy. Oxford, United Kingdom, 1982
    Page Number: 119
  • "Inauguration Special," Bryn Mawr College Alumnae Bulletin (November 2014): 72.
  • James Murley, The impact of Edward Perry Warren on the study and collections en on the study and collections of Greek and Roman antiquities in American academia. University of Louisville. 2012
    Page Number: 440, Figure Number: 42
  • Alexander Cambitoglou, Three Thousand Yeas of Classical Art University of Sydney. Sydney, Australia, 1970
    Figure Number: 59
  • Ann Harnwell Ashmead and Kyle M. Phillips. Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum, United States, Fascicule 13. Princeton University Press. Princeton, NJ, 1971
    Page Number: 3, Figure Number: Plate I
  • Mary Hamilton Swindler, "The Bryn Mawr Collection of Greek Vases," American Journal of Archaeology 20, no. 3 (1916): 331, Figure Number: 13.
  • The Classical Art Research Centre, "The Beazley Archive Online." Classical Art Research Centre. (Accessed April 1, 2020): University of Oxford, Record No.: 216736.

Comparanda List
The following Comparanda exist for this object:
  • David Moore Robinson and Sarah Elizabeth Freeman. Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum, United States, Fascicule 6 (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1937), 21. 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), 169. Figure Number: No. 67
  • Louise Krasniewicz, "Veni, Vidi, Vici – Taking a Chance on Chance." Expedition 50, no. 2 (2008): 7.

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