Attic Red-Figure Nestoris

Object Details


Attic Red-Figure Nestoris


Attributed to Polygnotos (Greek (Attic), active 450 - 430 B.C.)


Greek (Attic)


Athens, Greece (Place created)


about 440 B.C.



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41.6 × 35.9 cm (16 3/8 × 14 1/8 in.)

Credit Line:

Anonymous gift

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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.

I Greci in Occidente (March 23 to October 15, 1996)
  • Palazzo Grassi (Venice), March 23 to October 15, 1996
L'art premier des Iapyges: Ceramique Antique d'Italie meridionale (October 23, 2002 to January 19, 2003)
  • Musée d'art et d'histoire de la Ville de Genève (Geneva), October 23, 2002 to January 19, 2003
Aphrodite and the Gods of Love (March 28, 2012 to May 26, 2013)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Villa (Malibu), March 28 to July 9, 2012

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