Terracotta neck-amphora of Panathenaic shape (jar)

Attributed to the Pan Painter
ca. 470 B.C.
Greek, Attic
Terracotta; red-figure
H. as restored 15 7/8 in. (40.3 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1920
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 157
Obverse, kitharode (performer playing the kithara)
Reverse, judge

This vase is a counterpart to that of the Berlin Painter in its general shape, subject, and quality. The performer here is a mature, bearded man who seems to be advancing slowly. His mouth is closed, indicated that he is not singing as he plays. The Pan Painter revels in the detail of the instrument while at the same time showing the sweep of the long garment in perfectly controlled, economic lines.
From Vulci?

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Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. p. 84, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Beazley, John D. 1963[1942]. Attic Red-figure Vase-painters, Vols. 1 and 2, 2nd ed. p. 552, no. 30, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

Maas, Martha and Jane McIntosh Snyder. 1989. Stringed Instruments of Ancient Greece. pp. 58, 74, fig. 9, New Haven: Yale University Press.

Comotti, Giovanni. 1989[1991]. Music in Greek and Roman Culture. p. 62, fig. 6, Baltimore, MD: The Johns Hopkins University Press.

Smith, Amy C. 2006. "The Evolution of the Pan Painter’s Artistic Style." Hesperia, 75(4): p. 448 n. 61.

Padgett, J. Michael. 2017. The Berlin Painter and His World : Athenian Vase-Painting in the Early Fifth Century B.C. p. 241 n. 2, New Haven: Yale University Press.