Etruscan red-figure kylix of type A attributed to the Foro-Group

Etruria, classical period, 2nd Half of 4th century B.C.
H. 9.7 cm (3 13⁄16 in) Diam. 23.8 cm (9 3⁄8 in)

Münzen und Medaillen AG, Basel, 1984
Private collection, Switzerland

Ars Amatoria. The art of love in antiquity, 2019, 33 no. 36

The tondo is decorated with an erotic scene with a standing satyr embracing a hetaera, both are nude save for their sandals, in the field behind the satyr a calyx krater rests on rocky ground, at the hetaera’s right foot a rock, encircled within a band of meander separated by two checkered squares; tongue decoration on the exterior. Rare example of the expressive late Etruscan vase painting.

A number of Etruscan red-figure kylikes can be attributed to the so-called Clusium Group. (cf. Leonore Stege, Die Kunst der Etrusker. Interversa Hamburg, Ausstellung Aug.-Oct. 1981, no. 102 and Holger Termer, Kunst der Antike 2, Hamburg, Ausstellung Nov.-Dec. 1980, no. 57).  The anonymous painters of the group are so called because their workshop appears to have been centred around Chiusi. Their main specialisation were cups, duck askoi and kantharoi. Late red-figure kylikes are extremely rare; J.D. Beazley knows only eight specimens of which some are only known from fragments (J.D. Beazley, Etruscan Vase Painting, 143, 18-19; 165,5; 174,1-2)

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