View 1 of Lot 56. An Apulian Red-figured Pelike, circa 350-330 B.C..
View 1 of Lot 56. An Apulian Red-figured Pelike, circa 350-330 B.C..
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An Apulian Red-figured Pelike, circa 350-330 B.C.

Estimate:

2,000 - 3,000 GBP

An Apulian Red-figured Pelike, circa 350-330 B.C.

An Apulian Red-figured Pelike, circa 350-330 B.C.

Estimate:

2,000 - 3,000 GBP

Lot sold:

3,528

GBP

An Apulian Red-figured Pelike

circa 350-330 B.C.


painted in front with a youth holding a patera approaching a seated woman holding a wreath, a large flowering plant between them, a swag above, and on the back with two draped youths, one holding a staff, the details in added white and yellow, two Greek dipinti in the field.

Height 33 cm.

French private collection, acquired in Paris in the late 1970s (Hôtel des Ventes de Compiègne, Succession du Docteur X. et à divers. Entier mobilier provenant d’un appartement parisien, Boulevard Malesherbes, February 7th, 2015, lot 88, part)

Inscriptions on Apulian vases are rare (see Roscino, “Ceramica campana (Iscrizioni)”, in L. Todisco, ed., La ceramica a figure rosse della Magna Grecia e della Sicilia, I, Produzioni, 2012, pp. 405-492).


The present vase bears two Greek inscriptions. One painted above the head of the woman identifies her as THYAS, probably a variant of "Thyias", i.e. a maenad or female follower of Dionysos. The other painted between the wreath and patera reads DIOYOSIAKA, probably a misspelling or alternate spelling of Dionysiaka ("things pertaining to Dionysos").