Red Figure Krater - 530 BC
Hand-made ceramic copy of a Greek Red Figure Krater ( wine container ) from the 9th Century BC. The original vase signed by Efxitheos shows Epnos (sleep) and Thanatos (Death) carrying Sarpidon a Trojan hero to his homeland in Lycia. The scene is overseen by Hermes (shown in the middle). The original is on display at the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art.
See additional photos for details. Approx. 30 cm in height (11.8").
*This is a hand-painted reproduction, individually signed by the artist.
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GREEK RED FIGURE POTTERY
Red-figure vase painting is one of the most important styles of figural Greek vase painting. It developed in Athens around 530 BC and remained in use until the late 3rd century BC. It replaced the previously dominant style of Black-figure vase painting within a few decades. Its modern name is based on the figural depictions in red color on a black background, in contrast to the preceding black-figure style with black figures on a red background. Red figure is the reverse of the black figure technique. After the unfired vessels had dried to a leathery, near-brittle texture, paintings were applied. In Attica, the normal unburnt clay was of orange colour at this stage. The outlines of the intended figures were drawn either with a blunt scraper, leaving a slight groove, or with charcoal, which would disappear entirely during firing. Then, the contours were redrawn with a brush, using a glossy clay slip (a liquid clay and mineral mixture).