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An Attic Red-figured Lekythos, attributed to the Cartellino Painter, circa 470 B.C.

20,000 - 30,000 USD
146,500 USD
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  • An Attic Red-figured Lekythos, attributed to the Cartellino Painter
  • Ceramic
  • Height 10 in. 25.4 cm.
decorated with a himation-clad youth seated on a klismos or chair and reading from a scroll inscribed in Greek with the first two words of the Homeric Hymn to Hermes ("I sing of Hermes...), a wax tablet in the field.


the French archaeologist and epigrapher Henri Seyrig (1895-1973), Neuchâtel
by descent to the present owner


John D. Beazley, "Hymn to Hermes," American Journal of Archaeology, vol. LII, 1948, pp. 336-337, pl. XXXIV
John D. Beazley, American Journal of Archaeology, 1950, pp. 318-319
John D. Beazley, J.D., Attic Red-Figure Vase-Painters, 2nd ed., Oxford, 1963, pp. 452 and 677, no. 7
Henry R. Immerwahr, "Book Rolls on Attic Vases," in Classical, Medieval, and Renaissance Studies Presented to B.L. Ullmann, vol. 1, Rome, 1964, p. 21, no. 5
Frederick A.G. Beck, Album of Greek Education: The Greeks at School and at Play, Sidney, 1975, pl. 14.77
Jacques Chamay, in José Dörig, Art antique: Collections privées de Suisse romande, Geneva, 1975, no. 214, illus.
Horst Blanck, Das Buch in der Antike, Munich, 1992, p. 27, fig. 10
L. Burn and R. Glynn, Beazley Addenda, Oxford, 1982, p. 119
T.H. Carpenter, T. Mannack, and M. Mendonca, Beazley Addenda, 2nd ed., Oxford, 1989, p. 242
Nicholas Richardson, Three Homeric Hymns: To Apollo, Hermes, and Aphrodite, Cambridge, 2010, comm. to Herm. 1
Andrew Faulkner, The Homeric Hymns: Interpretative Essay, Oxford, 2011, p. 197