Agora Object: Agora XXX, no. 5
Chronology:   Ca. 460-450 B.C.
Deposit:   N 7:3
Published Number:   AV 30.5
References:   Object: P 21289
Four non-joining wall fragments, b with part of neck, c with start of one handle; a and b strengthened with plaster and painted. Thin brownish glaze on inside. Max. dim. a) 0.298, b) 0.279, c) 0.161, d) 0.152. C. Boulter, Hesperia 22, 1953, pl. 22:4.

A, man proffering a lyre to a youth. Fragment a (part illustrated) preserves most of the man (back of head, back missing) standing to right, clad in a himation, a wreath around his head. He holds the lyre in his right hand; tucked under his left arm is a walking stick that does not touch the ground. Of the youth (not illustrated), all that remains is the middle part of his torso clad in a himation (its lower part) and his feet. He stands frontally, presumably with his head facing the man. Below, maeander pattern with saltire-squares. B, probably the like. Fragment b (illustrated) preserves the upper half of a youth dressed in a himation, looking to left but standing frontally (the preliminary sketch indicates this position), his right arm outstretched, his left grasping a walking stick (both hands missing). Around his head is a fillet. Fragment d preserves the lower right corner of this scene with part of the maeander pattern below the figures and the end of the youth's stick. Fragment c is undecorated. Above the panel, laurel wreath to left. Preliminary sketch. White (flaked): fillet; vine of wreath. Added clay(?): leaves of man's wreath.

"It reminds me of the Florence Painter": Beazley during his visit to the Agora in the summer of 1953. Although 5 is not listed in ARV2, there are certain parallels with this painter that may be cited, in particular the loose drawing of the himatia with many of the folds not relating to the figure beneath them and the lower border only partly outlined with a thick black line. Cf. Louvre Cp 10751 (ARV2 541, 2); Louvre G 360 (ARV2 541, 8); Louvre G 350 (ARV2 542, 22); Rennes D.863.1.26 = 716 (ARV2 543, 39 bis; Addenda 256); and London, B.M. E 353 (ARV2 544, 63). If not by the Florence Painter, 5 is surely close to him.