Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum, Agrigento, Museo Archeologico Regionale 2

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[automatically translated] This volume collects the italioti vessels and Siceliots with red figures that once belonged to the Civic Museum of Agrigento and the Judge Collection, and specimens from excavations by the Archaeological Superintendence between the 50s and the 70s of the twentieth century is that in the territory in Agrigento , largely unpublished, or only just mentioned in the bibliography. The Siceliots vessels of the two collectable nuclei must come from the Greek necropolis of Agrigento and Gela; italioti the vessels had to instead be purchased on the antiquities market Southern Italy, though it is not to be excluded in some of these cases a local-regional origin. Of particular interest are the first workshops of pottery vessels that gave rise to the bell production, pestana and Siceliot (among which we highlight the ciborium cover skyphoide the Painter of the chessboard and the two workshop Painter pyxes the ciborium of Agrigento) and those Siceliots, for most of which the provenance is known, more or less specific (Monte Adranone, Vassallaggi, Eraclea Minoa, Palma di Montechiaro, Agrigento, Gela, Centuripe). The corpus thus enriches our knowledge especially on productive sectors and on the movement of such products in the island. Significant worthy in this regard is the case of the workshop Painter Mad-Man and Painter NYN, recognized artists from Campania, who moved to Lipari, where the majority is attested of their products, as well as in several gravitating centers on the Tyrrhenian basin, and now, with vessels published in the book, even to Agrigento, Mount Adranone and Mussomeli; it is assumed that these appearances are due to a diffusion mediated through the merchant poles of Punic Sicily, Lipari and connected with the Tyrrhenian area in general, or maybe even the circulation of Campanian mercenaries in the island. New data also emerge for Painter Prado-Fienga, this time for the first time in Agrigento with a crater fragment and a fragment of lekanis or ciborium skyphoide cover and a fragment of skyphos, for Maron Painter, perhaps recognizable in the features a beautiful crater fragment, for Borelli Group, enriched with new side copies of well-known alabastron from Eraclea Minoa and the crater with the myth of Ajax and Cassandra; Finally growing ranks of specimens of the prolific Lentini-Manfria Group, well attested in Agrigento, joined by some more sporadic Etneo Group. Among them worthy of mention are the fragments of skyphos of Rancate Group, coming from the sacred area to the south of the Temple of Zeus, to the relevancy of the erotic-idyllic represented theme (Nymph and Satyr from a source) to the target context of the product, that is an area dedicated to the worship of water connected with rites of purification; skyphos it was associated in the context, as well as many jars of Lentini-Manfria Group, the well-known crater Painter Borelli with the myth of Ajax and Cassandra, which, by the commonality of iconographic forms with the Campanian-pestana tradition of the theme, is - along with the fragment of skyphos from Sciacca with the figure of sore Myrth - the most important exemplary and rich from the thematic point of view, presenting the problem of the context of use and the "patronage" of such objects (Greek,
Original languageItalian
PublisherL'Erma di Bretschneider
Number of pages83
ISBN (Print)88-8265-336-6
Publication statusPublished - 2005

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