An Apulian Red-Figure Kantharos attributed to the White Sakkos Painter, ca. 310 BCE
An Apulian Red-Figure Kantharos attributed to the White Sakkos Painter, ca. 310 BCE
An Apulian Red-Figure Kantharos attributed to the White Sakkos Painter, ca. 310 BCE
An Apulian Red-Figure Kantharos attributed to the White Sakkos Painter, ca. 310 BCE

An Apulian Red-Figure Kantharos attributed to the White Sakkos Painter, ca. 310 BCE

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SIde A: a nude youth seated upon a drapery holding a patera in his raised left hand and a ball falling from his right hand.

Side B: a winged female head wearing a decorated saccos.

Working in one of the Greek colonies in the region of Apulia in southern Italy, probably at Canosa, the White Sakkos Painter decorated vases in the red-figure technique in the late 4th century. He painted both large funerary vases such as loutrophoroi and kraters and smaller vessels, especially kantharoi and oinochoai.

As with most ancient artists, the real name of the White Sakkos Painter is unknown.  He painted mostly large pots, such as kraters and amphoras, but being a prolific artist, there are many smaller vessels by him as well.   He is identified only by the stylistic traits of his work that include the way he drew female breasts, faces in three-quarter view, the form of his wide-brimmed hats, and for which scholars named him, his use of white sakkoi (hair wrap) worn by many of the female figures he painted.

Trendall called this painter “the immediate successor and true heir of the Baltimore Painter”. The bright polychromy and effulgent decoration of his vases demonstrate his descent from the Baltimore Painter, a major exponent of the Ornate Style of Apulian vase-painting.

Reference: Cf. A. Trendall, RVAp II 967, 70; pl. 378, 6-7

Dimensions: Height: 10 3/8 inches (26.5 cm); Diameter: 5 inches (12.6 cm)

Condition: Intact and in excellent condition overall.

Provenance: Ex. West German collection since the 1960's, Royal Athena Galleries. 

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