Comast Group

The Komasten group was a group of artists of Attic vase painter of the Black figure style. The works of its members are dated to the period 585-570 / in 60 BC.

The artists of the Komasten group are considered as the successor of the Gorgon Painter. The two most important representatives of the group were the KX Painter and the somewhat later datable KY Painter. They painted new or for the vase painters of Athens Vases new types. Particularly frequently decorated it Kothone and Lekanen. From Corinth, the then most important metropolis of Greek vase painting, they took over the Komastenschalen and skyphoi. The latter were called kotyle. From the KY- painters of the column krater was introduced. Another shell type that is very popular at this time, is the kantharos. From Corinth, the painter took over the representations of Komasten, after which the group also got her Notnamen. It is also the main theme of the group picture. With the presentation of Komastenszenen the Attic painters were able to reach the artistic level of the average Corinthian vases for the first time. Malte the elder KX Painter still mostly depictions of animals and only a few Komastenszenen is the subject while KY- painters and other, poorer painters of the group standard. It is unclear how the painters of the group really belonged together. It is possible that they all belonged to the same pottery. The group influenced her painting with other Attic vase painter that you followed were including the Heidelberg Painter.

Work of Komasten group were not only found in Attica, but were apparently one of the first export of Attic pottery. They found vases and fragments including in Naucratis, Rhodes, central Italy and Taranto and even in Corinth.