Seller: aphrodite.gallery (2,694) 100%, Location: Brooklyn, New York, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 262671180667 Culture: GreekDate: ca. 500 B.C.Medium: PotteryCondition: Intact; professionally restored.Provenance: Ex: American private collection, 1980's; Ex: European art marketDimensions: H. 8 5/8 in. (22 cm.) Notes: Depicts 3 dancing komasts. According to ancient Greek drama, a komast, is one who performs a komos or a procession in honor of the Greek God of wine Dionysos. Komasts appeared on Greek vases from about 630 BC, The importance of these komasts lies in what they can tell us about the origins of Greek drama. The first existing drama sources came from about 480 BC, and for the previous 160 years, we are largely dependent on Greek vase paintings such as our present example.The komasts type on our vase is called padded dancers, i.e., dancers with padded bellies and posteriors. This type of komasts have attracted particular attention, since this costume have been worn in later comedy. The subject of our vase is quite rare and worthy of further study.For further discussion of komasts on Greek vases:1- the American Journal of Archeology:http://www.ajaonline.org/online-review-book/8942- Origins of Greek Drama: https://books.google.com/books?id=3DGXKt0IpIMC&pg=PA89&lpg=PA89&dq=komasts+on+greek+vases&source=bl&ots=GXB6vqCp5j&sig=txk4aONQfTVHdITGOuEBw8Acl0k&hl=en&sa=X&ei=nbI2VcCZFKPasASa-oCoAg&ved=0CFAQ6AEwCw#v=onepage&q=komasts%20on%20greek%20vases&f=falsecf: For a related dancing komasts kantharos, see lot 11, Christie's antiquities auction, December 2014; also, nos. 3 and 4, K. Klinski, Boetian Black Figure Vase Painting of the Archaic Period. Welcome to Aphrodite Gallery!About Us: I would like to welcome you to Aphrodite Gallery’s eBay store. Aphrodite Gallery was formed in March 2015, and is your premier destination for finding some of the rarest, most elegant works of antiquity, at the most affordable price possible. We are 2nd generation sellers of ancient art- specializing in Greek, Roman, Near Eastern, and Egyptian antiquities. Our extensive inventory is constantly updating to include the rarest and most charming objects, which we personally and meticulously handpick. All of our pieces come from respected and established private collections, as well as European & American art markets.We have the philosophy of proverbially being in the shoes of the customer; we acquire the best, most appealing works of ancient art which we would want to buy ourselves if we were the customer. The philosophy is simple, essentially it boils down to ‘If I wouldn’t want to buy it then I wouldn’t offer it for sale.’ Additionally, we proudly offer an unconditional lifetime guarantee on every object we sell- all of our pieces are authentic and as described. Furthermore, our pieces have all been legally acquired with clear titles.So I would like to thank you for stopping by… Enjoy our selection of antiquities!Shipping / Insurance: Note that as of 7/1/2015, we have been utilizing USPS Express Mail International for the majority of our international shipments. We find this way to be faster, and more importantly, safer in terms of receipt. Due to this, we have had to increase our shipping charges slightly to accommodate, but we believe it is well worth it for all parties involved. Kindly note that for certain items, i.e. ones of significant value, we may have to add additional shipping charges for insurance to ensure safe delivery.Certificates of Authenticity: We stand by the authenticity of our pieces 100%. Our perfect eBay feedback speaks for itself in terms of our clientele satisfaction. A signed certificate of authenticity will be issued and included with every object that sells for $100 USD or more.Returns: We want you to be completely satisfied with your purchase from us. We firmly believe that the customer is always right. If, for whatever reason, you are not content with your purchase, you can kindly send it back within 7 days of sale date for a full refund (buyer pays return shipping) or an exchange.