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Lekythos with Knucklebone Players and Attendants
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Lekythos with Knucklebone Players and Attendants


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Description This vase is an exquisite example of the "Kerch" ware, distinguished by graceful poses, delicate details, gilding, and abundant colors. The subject is games of love. A seated nymph triumphs at "knucklebones," a game in which both players toss bones from the ankle of a sheep into the air and try to catch them on the back of their hand. Her unsuccessful opponent is a satyr. Behind him stands Aphrodite between two Eros figures, who are offering laurel wreaths of victory to the nymph and to the youth at far left, dressed as a bridegroom.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
5/02/1984Examinationexamined for exhibition
Exhibitions
  • The Taste of Maryland: Art Collecting in Maryland 1800-1934. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1984.
  • From Alexander to Cleopatra: Greek Art of the Hellenistic Age. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1988-1989.
  • Things With Wings: Mythological Figures in Ancient Greek Art. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2005-2006.
  • Things With Wings: Mythological Figures in Ancient Greek Art. Ward Museum, Salisbury. 2009.
Provenance Prince Boris Chakhoskoy (consul or vice-consul of Russia at Bourges), 1884-85, [found in Apollonia, Thrace]; A. van Branteghem [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; N. M. Pacha [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1906 [mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1906

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Period
mid 4th century BCE (Late Classical)
Medium
terracotta; red figure with added blue and white paint (Kerch style)
(Ceramics)
Accession Number
48.84
Measurements
H: 14 x Diam: 6 9/16 in. (35.5 x 16.7 cm)
Geographies
  • Greece, Athens (Place of Origin)
  • Greece, Thrace, Apollonia (Place of Discovery)
Location Within Museum
Not On View

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