side a: an enthroned Aphrodite or Hera wearing a crown and holding a phiale, a female attendant to her right holding a situla and a mirror in which is reflected the face of Helen, who stands lower left, conversing with her brothers Castor and Pollux, who holds a stick, a small white dog, leaping up. Stripes and tongues above on the neck.
side b: Helen, wearing a long billowy dress and carrying a sash, flanked on either side by the Dioscuri, Castor wearing an asymmetrical himation and holding a stick, his brother Pollux with his himation draped over his left arm, with a sash and leaning on a stick. A frieze of waves and laurel wreath on the neck.
Elaborate palmettes under the handles, with meander and cross ground line.
Background: The Hoppin Painter is named for a vase formerly in the collection of the classicist Joseph Hoppin and now in the Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Harvard University (inv. 1925.30.48: CVA Hoppin-Gallatin 1, pl. 18, 3-4; RVAp, I, p.105, no. 5/17). He was a follower of the Tarporley Painter and, like him, worked in the Plain style. The Hoppin Painter was a skilled draftsman. His human figures have an easy naturalism beyond the capacity of most South Italian vase-painters.
Published: A.D. Trendall, The Red-Figure Vases of Apulia, Supp. II (1992) 497, 5/46b; J. Eisenberg, Art of the Ancient World, 1992, no. 286; J. Eisenberg, One Thousand Years of Ancient Greek Vases II, 2010, no. 130.
Dimensions: Height 34 cm (13 3/8 inches)
Condition: Intact and in excellent condition overall.
Provenance: Ex. Patricia Kluge collection, Charlottesville, Virginia, acquired from Royal Athena Galleries, NY in 1992.