In the form of a lobster claw, naturalistically-moulded with details including the spiky projections along the fore claw, the propodus with a centaur lunging forward hurling a boulder over his head, a pile of boulders before him, a branch behind, scrolling on the dactylus, the neck of the vessel emerging from the heel of the claw, with a flaring mouth, the arching strap handle joining the neck to the centre of the vessel
A. Schenk (d. 1977) Collection, Bavaria, Germany, acquired in the 1950s; thence by descent
Christie's, New York, 12 December
2002, lot 129
American private collection
lobster claw askos is one of only nine such known vessels. It is related to the
group identified by Beazley as The Class of the Seven Lobster-Claws. Beazley
attributed them as part of the Penthesilea Workshop (see J.D. Beazley, Attic Red-Figure Vase-Painters, 1963, p.
970-971). The subject is also discussed by H. Hoffmann in Sexual and Asexual Pursuit, A Structuralist Approach to Greek Vase Painting,
Royal Anthropological Institute, 1977, p. 14. Beazley’s seven are also all
left-handed claws and decorated in red figure as with this example.