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Title Two Kerch Style Pelikai in the Collection of The State Hermitage Museum
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About author Vas’ko, Dmitrii Sergeevich — laboratory assistant. The State Hermitage Museum, Dvortsovaia nab., 34, 190000 St. Petersburg, Russian Federation
In the section Classical Antiquity and the World around Hellas DOI10.18688/aa155-1-10
Year 2015 Volume 5 Pages 107118
Type of article RAR Index UDK 7.032(38) Index BBK 85.1; 63.3(0)32

The article deals with two Athenian red-figure pelikai inv. Pan.1902 (A: heads of a griffin, an Amazon and a horse; B: two draped youths) and Pan.1903 (A: heads of two griffins and an Amazon; B: two draped youths). Pelikai were purchased by The State Hermitage Museum in 2009. The article presents a description of the vessels, and their attribution and date are discussed. According to the analogues, pelikai may be attributed to the hand of two different vase-painters, who worked, however, in the same workshop of the Amazon Painter. The pieces lack archaeological context, but via analogues they can be dated back to a period within 330–320 BC.

Reference Vas’ko D. Two Kerch Style Pelikai in the Collection of The State Hermitage Museum. Actual Problems of Theory and History of Art: Collection of articles. Vol. 5. Eds: Svetlana V. Maltseva, Ekaterina Yu. Stanyukovich-Denisova, Anna V. Zakharova. St. Petersburg, NP-Print Publ., 2015, pp. 107–118. ISSN 2312-2129.
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