Agora Object: P 198
Inventory Number:   P 198
Section Number:   ΣΤ 62
Title:   Black Figure Column Krater Fragment
Category:   Pottery
Description:   Handle fragment. The handle is the colonnette krater type, the horizontal top piece being preserved except for the outer corners, of which the left has lost a fairly large piece, the right a small one. Underneath can be seen the stump of the vertical support.
A female head is seen in profile against a parallel male head; she is set in relief by applied creamy white for flesh color and by incision outlining the face. Incision also follows the wavy inner outline of the hair and borders the fillet of applied red. The eye, eyebrow and ear, are drawn in very fine incised lines; the hair falls in a mass down the back. The male head is distinguished by black for flesh and applied red for hair (its incised outline against the face nearly straight); high bridged nose and bearded chin; coarser incision for interior drawing.
The usual distinction is made between male and female in the representation of the eye: his is exaggerated in size with a smaller concentric circle to represent the pupil, hers smaller, more elongated, with no incision for pupil. Incision is not used to set off the figures from the background, the composition being such that the color contrast around the edge is sharp.
The lower part of the picture -the outer part of the handle surface- has lost a good deal of its color and the edge is chipped away somewhat. The line of chin and throat and start of shoulder or breast of the female can be traced by the incision, but no indication of the garment remains. A double line of brownish glaze frames the picture right and left; the worn inner and outer edges probably showed the same color. The vertical sides of the lug are decorated with a band formed by a succession of <graphic>
Part of the inner surface of the krater is preserved; this is black glazed with a band of red near the top.
Context:   Fill of late cellar.
Negatives:   Leica, 2-153
PD Number:   Ptg. 254
Dimensions:   P.L. (projection) 0.05; P.W. 0.092; Th. 0.011
Date:   3 February 1932
Section:   ΣΤ
Grid:   ΣΤ:35/ΙΔ
Period:   Greek
Bibliography:   Hesperia 15 (1946), no. 16.
    ABV, p. 119, no. 5.
    Agora XXIII, no. 439, pl. 43.
References:   Publication: Agora XXIII
Publication: Hesperia 15 (1946)
Publication Page: Agora 23, s. 173, p. 157
Publication Page: Agora 23, s. 353, p. 337
Publication Page: Agora 23, s. 442
Drawing: DA 10685
Image: 2012.20.0322 (2-153)
Image: 2010.18.0315 (2-153)
Card: P 198
Card: P 198
Card: P 198