Red Figure Knob-Handled Patera


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Artifact Identification Red Figure Knob-Handled Patera   (1922.01.0069)
  1. Communication Artifacts
  2. :
  3. Ceremonial Artifacts
  4. :
  5. Religious Objects
Artist/Maker Menzies Group of the Patera-Ganymede Workshop
Geographic Location
Period/Date Hellenistic, 330– 320 BCE
Culture South Italian Greek
Location On Exhibitin the Ancient Mediterranean exhibit

Physical Analysis

Dimension 1 (Width) 37.7 cm
Dimension 2 (Diameter) 33.4 cm
Dimension 3 (Height) 9.7 cm
Weight 1575 g
Measuring Remarks D1 includes the handles. D2 is the rim diameter without handles. The foot diameter is 12.9 cm.
Materials Ceramic--Terracotta, Pigment--Glaze
Manufacturing Processes Throwing, Firing, Painting, Glazing, Handbuilding
Munsell Color Information Black ( N 2.5) -ns Dark Orange Yellow ( 7.5 Y R 6/6) -ns

Research Remarks

Published Description

APULIAN RED-FIGURE KNOB-HANDLED PATERA Shape and Ornament: Flat mouth with raised outer edge, grooved foot. Each fluted handle has a knob in the center and one knob on either side. Rosettes on all six knobs. Top side of rim reserved. Exterior foot encircled by a wave pattern. All reserved areas covered with red wash. SUBJECT: The primary decoration is on the interior. A woman carrying a box in her right hand and a tympanum in her left runs left. She wears a peplos, kekryphalos, and jewelry. A floral composed of half-palmettes and volutes rises from the ground line on the left. Below the ground line, a band of egg-and-dot. In the exergue is a phiale. The central scene is bordered by concentric bands of waves, a reserved line, and a laurel wreath. On the exterior: A, Woman seated on a rock holds a mirror in her right hand and a phiale and fillet in her left. She wears a peplos, kekryphalos with stephane, necklace, double bracelets, and belt. A tympanum and fillet hang on the wall. B, An Eros flying left, who bears a phiale draped with a fillet in his right hand and a branch in his left. Palmettes flanked by floral motifs and rosettes between the two figures, below each handle. Relief contour throughout, except for dilute glaze on: lower border of woman's peplos and her tasseled sash in the tondo, wing of Eros on B. Rough circular sketch lines visible around tondo figure. Accessory colors: White: Interior, on the woman's stephane, jewelry, shoes, box, tympanum, phiale, and laurel wreath. Exterior, on Eros' wing and the dots above the phiale. Yellow: knob rosettes, woman's shoes, phiale, tympanum, and background dots. Exterior, on woman's jewelry, belt, shoes, rock, mirror, phiale, fillets, and tympanum; Eros' jewelry, wings, phiale, fillet, branch; details of palmettes and florals. -- Wisseman, Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum, Plates 51, 1-2 and 52, 1.

Description N/A

Askos, Newark 50.310 (Trendall and Cambitoglou, The Red-Figured Vases of Apulia. Vol. II. 1982. P. 847, no. 448, pl. 316:5) Volute-krater, Oxford 1947.265 (Trendall and Cambitoglou, The Red-Figured Vases of Apulia. Vol. II. 1982. P. 727, no. 11, pl 286:4).


Bohen, B. et al, From Alexander to Augustus. University of Illinois: Champaign, 1983. Trendall, A. D. and Alexander Cambitoglou, The Red-Figured Vases of Apulia. Vol. II. Clarendon Press: Oxford, 1982. Page 849, no. 473a. Wisseman, Sarah U. Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum. Philipp von Zabern: Mainz, 1989. Page 40, Plates 51,1-2;52,1. Also see student paper by Harris, Gauthier, and Eshleman, 2012P.0072.

Artifact History

Archaeological Data N/A
Credit Line/Dedication University of Marburg Archaeological Seminar Collection
Reproduction no
Reproduction Information N/A

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