ostracon ancient art



Attic Askos with Goat and Lion, ex Cahn, around 440 BC

Attic red-figure askos decorated with a wild goat and a lion on the domed top.

The goat springs to right and is seen with one foreleg raised. On the facing side the body of a lion, in a crouched, ready to jump position.

The combination of wild goat and lion is rare.

For a nearly identical goat combined with a satyr, cf. British Museum, item E734. Beazley Archive vase no. 6019.

The head of the lion, the small flaring spout and part of the overarching handle are missing.

Fragmentary, superb drawing. Much use of dilute glaze for the goat's fur. Dilute glaze for the lion's ribs.

The reserved flat base with old labels.

D. 8.6 cm (3.4 in)

Art market London, 1990s. Published with Jean-David Cahn. Katalog 11. Tiere und Mischwesen. Basel 1999. Lot 53.

1450 USD

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