86.AE.204, fragment from body of vessel
Pottery fragment showing a hand holding reigns (possibly) and part of another person's clothes
86.AE.204, interior view of fragment from body of vessel
Back of the pottery fragment (black with red lines)
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Plate 547, 1–2

Accession Number 86.AE.204

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–1983, Walter and Molly Bareiss (Bareiss number 312); 1983–86, the Mary S. Bareiss 1983 Trust; 1986, sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum.

Shape and Ornament

Single body fragment. Interior black.


Charioteer. The fragment preserves the left hand of the charioteer holding reins, and part of a horse’s back. Behind the horse stands a woman (part of her right arm and upper body preserved). She is dressed in a peplos and raises her right arm.

Attribution and Date

Unattributed. Circa 450–425 B.C.

Dimensions and Condition

Maximum preserved dimension 8 cm. Numerous scratches to both black gloss and reserve.

Technical Features

Preliminary sketch. Relief contour.


“Acquisitions/1986,” Abbreviation: GettyMusJThe J. Paul Getty Museum Journal 15 (1987): 160–61, no. 7; Abbreviation: Gaunt, “Attic Volute Krater,”J. Gaunt. “The Attic Volute Krater.” Ph.D. diss., Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, 2002 p. 606, cat. no. 28.


For chariot scenes, see Abbreviation: Manakidou, Parastaseis me armataE. Manakidou. Parastaseis me armata (8.–5. ai. P. Ch.): Paratērēseis stēn eikonographia tous. Thessaloniki, 1994; P. A. L. Greenhalgh, Early Greek Warfare: Horsemen and Chariots in the Homeric and Archaic Ages (Cambridge, 2010), for earlier chariots.