Knob-Handled Patera (Bowl) (Primary Title)

Attributed to the, White Saccos-Chariot Group Painter (Artist)

ca. 320 BC
South Italian (Apulia)
Overall: 5 × 15 × 14 5/8 in. (12.7 × 38.1 × 37.15 cm)

“And when Perseus cut off [Medusa’s] head, there sprang forth great Chrysaor and the horse Pegasus. …Now Pegasus flew away and left the earth, the mother of flocks, and came to the deathless gods: and he dwells in the house of Zeus and brings to wise Zeus the thunder and lightning.” – Hesiod, Theogony

This type of knob-handled bowl is depicted in a scene of ritual hand-washing on a vase in Italy.

Adolph D. and Wilkins C. Williams Fund
“The Horse in Ancient Greek Art,” National Sporting Library and Museum, Middleburg, VA, September 7, 2017 – January 14, 2018; VMFA, February 17 – July 8, 2018

“Bestial Angels,” William King Museum of Art (Abingdon, VA): 1 December 1995-14 January 1996.

“The Art of South Italy: Vases from Magna Graecia,” Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (Richmond, VA): 12 May-8 August 1982; Philbrook Art Center (Tulsa, OK): 20 November 1982-9 January 1983; The Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, MI): 7 February-10 April 1983.
May 1981 (Sotheby Parke Bernet, Inc., New York); purchased by Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA), Richmond; accessioned into VMFA collection May 1981. [1]

[1] Information in VMFA Curatorial and Registration records.
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