Saturday, October 6, 2018

Red-Figured Plate: Boy on a Rooster

From The Metropolitan Museum of Art Guide, 1983 page 303.

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37 EPIKTETOS (painter), Attic, act. ca. 520-510 B.C.
Red-Figured Plate: Boy on a Rooster
Terracotta; diam. 73/8 in. (18.7 cm)

This plate, signed by Epiktetos as painter, shows the rare subject of a boy perched on a rooster, his toes braced against the framing line, reserved in red, of the tondo border. It was found in Vulci on the property of Lucien Bonaparte, prince of Canino, in 1828, and twenty years later passed into the collection of the second marquess of Northampton at Castle Ashby, where it remained until 1980. The plates by Epiktetos are all by the same potter and differ from other contemporary plates in that they are not equipped with two holes on the rim for suspension. Nine complete plates by Epiktetos are known (of which two are now lost), as are fragments of three others. Purchase, Classical Purchase Fund, and Schimmel Foundation Inc. and Christos G. Bastis Gifts, 1981, 1981.11.10

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