Clubfeet and Kypselids: contextualising Corinthian padded dancers in the archaic period

TitleClubfeet and Kypselids: contextualising Corinthian padded dancers in the archaic period
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsZiskowski, A
JournalAnnual of the British School at Athens
Volume107
Pagination211-232
Abstract

The significance behind the imagery of the padded dancer, or komast, traditionally has been connected to early drama, Dionysos, or ritual practices. Most Archaic Corinthian vases that include these figures portray them dancing, and a percentage of those dancers also illustrate a deformity of the foot. This article attempts to contextualise the clubfooted padded dancer within its political, cultural and geographic boundaries by offering an explanation for the end of production of these figures in Corinth. The lame padded dancer may have been a localised symbol offering political commentary on historical traditions of lameness within the tyrannical family of Corinth. Its production and discontinuation may be connected to the rise and fall of this family. [https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/annual-of-the-british-school-at-athens/article/clubfeet-and-kypselids-contextualising-corinthian-padded-dancers-in-the-archaic-period/E6675483EB426F7B695BCA58A4738FDC]

DOI10.1017/S0068245412000093

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