Terracotta plate

Signed by Epiktetos as painter
ca. 520–510 B.C.
Greek, Attic
Terracotta; red-figure
Diam.: 7 3/8 in. (18.7 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, The Bothmer Purchase Fund, and Schimmel Foundation Inc. and Christos G. Bastis Gifts, 1981
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 157
Youth riding rooster

Plates were favored by some of the major vase-painters, both black-figure and red-figure, during the last decades of the sixth century B.C. The tondo presented the same challenge as the interior of a cup. This young man astride a rooster touches the bird's neck with his right hand and, curiously, rests his toes on the framing circle. The meaning is not evident, but the reference undoubtedly has to do with the rooster as a love gift.
Signature: Signed by Epiktetos as painter
From Vulci

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