Red-Figure Bell-Krater (Mixing Bowl) (Primary Title)

associated with, Schiller Painter, South Italian (Apulian) (Artist)

ca. 380 BC
Greek, South Italian (Apulian)
Overall: 12 3/4 × 14 in. (32.39 × 35.56 cm)
The phlyax play was a type of rustic South Italian comedy that parodied famous myths and plays and spoofed situations from daily life. South Italian vases showing these plays are especially valuable because the texts have not survived. Phylax actors wore padded costumes and comic masks that identified the type of character they portrayed (here an old man and two slaves).
Adolph D. and Wilkins C. Williams Fund
“Five Years of Collecting,” Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (Richmond, VA): 25 March-4 May 1980.
Brockett, Oscar, and Franklin J. Hildy. History of the Theatre, 9th edition. Boston: Allyn & Bacon, 2003, p. 27, fig. 2.11.

Green, J. Richard. "Speculations on the Tragic Poet Sthenelus and a Comic Vase in Richmond." In Poetry, Theory, Praxis The Social Life of Myth, Word and Image in Ancient Greece, edited by Eric Csapo and Margaret C. Miller. Barnsley: Oxbow Books, 2003, pp. 178-184, figs. 9.1-3.

Mayo, Margaret Ellen. “Tradition and Imagination: Five Centuries of Greek Ceramic Art.” Apollo 122, no. 286 (December 1985): p. 31, fig. 18.

Mayo, Margaret Ellen., Arthur Dale Trendall, Margot Schmidt, and Joseph Veach Noble. The Art of South Italy: Vases from Magna Graecia. Richmond, VA: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 1982. (cat. no. 25, p. 95)

Antiques World 1, no. 3 (January 1979): p. 16.

Trendall, A.D., and Alexander Cambitoglou. The Red-figured Vases of Apulia I. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1978, no. 33, p. 68.

Münzen und Medaillen. Auktion #51, auction catalogue, 1975, cat. no. 176.
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