ostracon ancient art



Attic Red-Figure Kylix of the Borden Wood Painter, 460-450 BC

Attic red-figure cup with a nude athlete standing between a stele and an altar.

His right arm is outstretched towards the altar in front of him, with the left hand he holds a strigil close to his body.

The young man wears a purple fillet with a vertical spike at the front. The eye is depicted in profile. The hair over the forehead with a row of dangling dots. Thin relief lines, much preliminary sketch, graceful style.

The scene may portray a prayer or an oath ceremony performed by athletes.

The cup was decorated by the Borden Wood Painter. For a cup from the same hand, cf. British Museum reg. no. 1772,0320.176.

The stemless kylix is an earlier example of the Inset Lip Class.

Reassembled from fragments with some infill in the loin area, buttocks contoured, genitals redrawn.

D. 16.9 cm (6.7 in)
W. over handles 24.6 cm (9.7 in)

Ex Belgian private collection, acquired in the 1980s. Austrian private collection since 2007. Thence German art market June 2017.

6500 USD

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