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column krater

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  • Description

    Pottery: red-figured column-krater.
    (a) The death of Procris. Procris, in a short chiton which leaves her right shoulder bare, falls wounded to right, with her left hand and knee on raised ground with her right she vainly tries to pull out the spear which has pierced her beside the right breast; her head, en face, falls on her right shoulder, and her eyes are closed above her to the left, a Harpy (?) waiting for her soul. On the left, Kephalos with chlamys and petasos at back, resting right on a club, stands en face, looking on, beating his forehead with his left with a gesture of sorrow. His hound, which he holds by a cord round its neck, stands with nose raised, sniffing at Procris. On the right Erechtheus, the father of Procris, rushes forward, extending his right arm with a gesture of dismay; he is bearded and wreathed and has a mantle, and a sceptre along his left arm.
    (b) Three draped ephebi conversing: the central one looks to right, the two others staff in hand.
    Late stage of large style. Purple cord and ground-line. Brown inner marking and edge of hair. Eye in profile. On each side of each design, ivy pattern; above, tongue pattern; forming panel. Round the neck and on the upper surface of the lip, linked lotus-buds; round lip, ivy pattern; on the upper surface of each handle, a palmette. All these patterns black on red.


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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 460BC-430BC (circa)
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 38.1 centimetres
    • Width: 35.7 centimetres
    • Depth: 31.9 centimetres
    • Weight: 4 kilograms
  • Curator's comments

    BM Cat. Vases

    D'Hancarville ii, pl. 126; Inghirami, Vasi Fitt. iii, pl. 205; Millingen, Anc. Uned. Mon. pl. 14; Moses, Collection of Anc. Vas. pl. 18; Harrison and Verrall, p. lxix; Roscher, s. v. Kephalos, p. 1102 fig. 3; Baumeister, p. 483; Usener in Rhein. Mus. 1868, p. 337; Roscher, Selene u. verw. ch. 10.
    Baumeister, p. 484, suggests that the human-headed bird is a Harpy. For the whole scene, cf. Ovid, Met. vii, 840.


  • Bibliography

    • Old Catalogue 1269 bibliographic details
    • Vase E477 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history

    2017, 8 Mar-25 Jun, New York, Onassis Foundation, Emotions in Ancient Greece

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Greek & Roman Antiquities

  • Registration number


  • Additional IDs

    • 1772,0320.36.*
Pottery: red-figured column-krater: Death of Prokris (back: three youths).

Pottery: red-figured column-krater: Death of Prokris (back: three youths).

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