Private Collection, donated to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1981.
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Currently on view at: Getty Villa, Gallery 103, Athenian Vases
Attic Red-Figure Nestoris
Attributed to Polygnotos (Greek (Attic), active 450 - 430 B.C.)
Athens, Greece (Place created)
about 440 B.C.
41.6 × 35.9 cm (16 3/8 × 14 1/8 in.)
On the top of the broad lip is what might be a pursuit scene (women, an altar). The upper register of the body has scenes from the start and the beginning of the Trojan war. On one side, with Priam sitting on an altar, Polyxena flees while Achilles pursues Troilus. On the other side, Menelaus pursues Helen, as Aphrodite, holding a small Eros, stands between them. Menelaus drops his sword. A woman runs away to left, and a fifth figure gestures at left. On the lower register are two scenes involving the pursuit of women. On one side, the pursuer is a winged figure, on the other, a young man with spears in petasos and chlamys. Each long upright handle is decorated with a single standing figure. The more fully preserved figure carries a writing tablet. At the top of each is a flat plaque with a checkerboard pattern on one side, a palmette on the other, and is punctuated by three pairs of holes. Each is topped by a pair of white horns.The vessel has a ring foot. The distinctive shape is an effort by the Athenian potter to emulate vessels produced in Southern Italy.
Private Collection, donated to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1981.
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