Object Information

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Object Title: 
Red-figure column krater (attempted abduction of Helen by Theseus; three draped youths)
16 1/4 x 16 1/2 x 14 in. (43.82 x 41.91 x 35.56 cm.)
Creation Date: 
c. 470-460 B.C.E.
Credit Line: 
Cecil and Ida Green Acquisition Fund
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Provenance Information: 
French private collection (reputedly the Compte de Pourtales, 1863-1949); thence to Krimitsas Gallery, Paris; thence c. 1970s to private French collection (Michel Cohen); thence late 1970s to Galerie A La Reine Margot, Paris; thence September 2007 to Royal-Athena Galleries, New York City; thence to Dallas Museum of Art (accession date: December 29, 2011). ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: As of February 4, 2008, this krater was not listed with the Art Loss Register.
Exhibition Information: 
DMA, December 2011 through the present.
Publication Information: 
Section of the AAMD Guidelines relied upon for the exception to 1970: 
Informed judgement that works were outside of the country of modern discovery before 1970
Explain why the object fits the exception set forth above: 
Although this work has provenance established to c. the 1970s and with good probability back to at least the 1940s, the DMA has been unable to substantiate details due to the death of several previous owners. The DMA does not have many red-figure vases, and only two others are Attic examples. This vase depicts a less-known episode in the early life of Helen (later Helen of Troy), which forms a very suitable inclusion among the prominence of female figures depicted in the DMA’s collection of ancient Mediterranean art.