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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Attributed to The Harrow Painter
Column Krater (mixing bowl for wine and water): Youth Playing a Lyre
Work Type
c. 490-470 BCE
Creation Place: Ancient & Byzantine World, Europe, Attica
Archaic period, Late, to Early Classical
Physical Descriptions
Terracotta; pale reddish clay, black paint fired reddish-brown
body: 30.8 x 25.1 cm (12 1/8 x 9 7/8 in.)
Joseph Clark Hoppin, Acquired from Benedetti in Rome, 1897, Bequest to Fogg Art Museum, 1925. "Acquired from Benedetti along with the entire contents of the same tomb, no. 4 grotto 5 in his excavations at Poggio Somma Villa. The other objects in the tomb were entirely of Etruscan manufacture and consisted of a number of undecorated vases, bronzes, beads and other objects of no importance." (Joseph Clark Hoppin)
State, Edition, Standard Reference Number
Standard Reference Number
Beazley Archive Database #202889
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of Joseph C. Hoppin
Accession Year
Object Number
Asian and Mediterranean Art
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Side A: In the center a youth wrapped in a mantle, seated to right on a square object holding in his left a lyre the strings of which are now missing but were originallly applied in white as shown by a few traces. Facing him a bearded man to left entirely wrapped in his mantle and leaning on a staff. At the left a second youth clad in a cloak which leaves his right arm and shoulder bare, holding a staff in his right. In the field a pair of halteres, a sponge and a strigil. Side B: Bearded man with staff and youth facing each other, both entirely wrapped in their cloaks. In the field a sponge. Hair outlines reserved in all figures. On outer edge of rim ivy leaf band. On neck, A, lotus bud chain with points downwards. Pictures framed by a tongue pattern above, ivy leaves at sides. On base, rays. Execution fair, that of A superior to that of B. Rim broken and repaired.
Publication History

Joseph Clark Hoppin and Albert Gallatin, Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum, U.S.A.: volume 1, Hoppin and Gallatin Collections, Libraire Ancienne Edouard Champion (Paris, 1926)

J. D. Beazley, [Review of Hoppin C.V.A.], The Journal of Hellenic Studies, Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies (London, England, 1927), 47

Exhibition History

HAA132e The Ideal of the Everyday in Greek Art (S427) Spring 2012, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 01/31/2012 - 05/12/2012

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