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Attic Red-Figure Kalpis Fragment

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Attic Red-Figure Kalpis Fragment


Attributed to Kleophrades Painter (Greek (Attic), active 505 - 475 B.C.)


Greek (Attic)


Athens, Greece (Place Created)


500–480 B.C.



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6.4 × 7 × 3 cm (2 9/16 × 2 3/4 × 1 3/16 in.)

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Object Description

Fragment from the shoulder of the vase, with the head and torso of a masturbating satyr. Bald and bearded, his frontal face is upturned, and he raises his left arm upward. Above his head is an inscription that reads ["I see] two suns". The scene is framed by a band of pomegranate net pattern on the left, and a meander band above. Another fragment from the same scene (81.AE.206.C.15) shows a sleeping maenad to the right.

- 1985

Galerie Nefer (Zurich, Switzerland), sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1985.


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