Attic Red-Figure Kylix by Douris
An ancient Attic Greek red-figure Kylix by Douris. Within the tondo of the cup stands a bearded hoplite, walking to the left but turning to bid farewell to a woman. He wears a chiton, a linen corslet and a mantle over his shoulders. He wears a crested Attic helmet with the cheek pieces turned up, a sheathed sword tied in front, and he holds a spear in his left hand and a phiale in his right. She wears a long pleated chiton, a bordered himation and a patterned sakkos. In her left hand she holds a tendril, while in her right, she most likely held an oinochoe (now lost) with which she will have filled the phiale of her companion. The scene is framed by a band of meander with saltire squares.
Douris is considered one of the four leading cup-painters of his generation, together with Onesimos, the Brygos Painter and Makron. He was prolific during his long career, with nearly 300 vases assigned to him. As J. D. Beazley noted (Attic Red-figure Vase-Painters, p. 425), his signature appears on 39 vases, nearly all cups but for one kantharos, one psykter and one aryballos. That he was also a potter is confirmed on the kantharos, where he signs as potter too, and on the aryballos, where he signs only as potter. Some of his early works were fashioned by Euphronios as potter but his most frequent collaborator was Python, whose signature appears as potter on three cups also signed by Douris as painter, with many others, unsigned, also attributed to him.
Published: D. Buitron-Oliver, Douris: A Master-painter of Athenian Red-figure Vases, (Mainz am Rhein, 1995), p. 84, listed under no. 193; Beazley Archive Pottery Database no 20459.
Formerly in a New York private collection; Sotheby's, New York, 18 June 1991, lot 71; Sotheby's, New York, 17 December 1997, lot 103; subsequently in a New York private collection.
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