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mascaron

Representation of a human or partly human face, more or less caricatured, used as an architectural ornament, e.g. on a keystone over an arch.

Ganymede Painter

Ganymede Painter (c.330–c. 320bc)   Reference library

The Grove Encyclopedia of Classical Art and Architecture

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2007
Subject:
Art & Architecture, Classical studies
Length:
380 words

...vases) instead of an eagle. Presumably a representation of a blissful afterlife (given the context and the elaborate floral setting of the scene), it may hold a message of funerary symbolism. Indeed most of the Ganymede Painter’s vases, including many volute kraters with mascarons on the handles and characteristically elaborate neck decoration, were evidently destined for funerary use. Among his subjects, scenes depicting grave shrines ( naiskoi ) predominate, for example the main scene on his name vase. The idea of death is also present in his few other...

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