A Greek Attic Red Figure Askos
Another rare and desirable form! Ancient Greek Attic, reputedly found in Cyprus, ca. 450 B.C. A charming red-figure askos of lentoid form, with flat, ridged base, horizontal arching handle and cylindrical spout with flaring mouth. Decorated with a delicately painted scene showing winged Eros, in mid-flight as he swoops down to Earth, right, with raised wings, his right arm outstretched as he chases a wild Hare, bounding across the ground.
In ancient Greece, the Hare was associated with virility and sexual desire due to its perceived high libido, and was therefore a common token of erotic love from a man to his lover. Possibly from the Charmides Painter (similar example / style of painting in the British Museum). 2-1/2"H x 4"D.
Provenance: Ex-private collection of J. Davies, gifted to Mr. Davies in the 1950's by a member of the Cypriot government and legally exported to the UK, remaining in the family until 2011.
The starting price is the price at which the item can sell.
Handle reattached with associated minor retouching, otherwise intact/excellent condition. No restorations to either of the figures.