Description This rare plate was decorated by one of Athens' most important early vase-painters, for whom the Gorgon (a creature with a frightening grimace and snakes for hair) was a favorite subject. Mythical beings such as Gorgons, sphinxes (with a woman's head, an eagle's wings, and a lion's body), and sirens (with a woman's head and a bird's body), all depicted here, were inspired by Eastern models. An owl, panther, goat, lion, and siren form a lively procession around the rim.
- The Centaur's Smile: The Human Animal in Early Greek Art. Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton. 2003-2004.
Provenance Joseph Brummer; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1927, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1927
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