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epichysis

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    .388

  • Description

    Red figured pottery epichysis.
    Design red on black ground, with white accessories. Round the shoulder, egg-moulding; at the back, palmettes; round the body, a white ivy-wreath. The handle has two female heads in relief at the upper juncture.
    Youth seated to left, with outstretched legs; he wears a white fillet, and holds out a wreath in right hand.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 350BC-300BC
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 13.1 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    BM Cat. Vases

    D'Hancarville, i. pl. 78.
    BM Cat. Vases

    This vase appears to have no registration number.
    [Handwritten note] This vase appears to be the one described in the Manuscript Catalogue (MSc 1333) as being a Townley vase, and as such [was] registered as 1814.7-4.540; there is little doubt that this is a Hamilton vase. Slip 1333 would seem to be a repitition of the preceding slip 1332, at first incorrectly numbered; Townley is not mentioned. Possibly there was an identical vase belonging to [his] collection? - but no other vase matching description on second slip has been found.

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  • Bibliography

    • Msc 1333 bibliographic details
    • Old Catalogue 1532 bibliographic details
    • Vase F388 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G1/wp63/sh10

  • Condition

    Lip repaired.

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    Noted in the Vase Catalogue that this vase appears to be described in the Msc slip 1333 as being a Townley Collection vase, and as such was registered as 1814.0704.540; however it is also noted that there is little doubt that this is actually a Hamilton Collection vase. Recorded in the catalogue that the Msc slip 1333 seems to be a repitition of 1332 and there is no mention of Townley, there possibly was an identical vase in the Townley Collection, but no other vase matching the vase described on slip 1333 has been found. The vase is marked with the numbers 1814.0704.1104 and 1814.0704.540, which have now been scored through.

  • Department

    Greek & Roman Antiquities

  • Registration number

    .388

Red figured pottery epichysis depicting a youth seated to the left with outstretched legs, wearing a white fillet and holding out a wreath in his right hand; marked round the shoulder with egg moulding, at the back with palmettes, round the body with a white ivy wreath and at the upper juncture of the handle with two female heads in relief; lip repaired; white accessories; spout now missing.

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Red figured pottery epichysis depicting a youth seated to the left with outstretched legs, wearing a white fillet and holding out a wreath in his right hand; marked round the shoulder with egg moulding, at the back with palmettes, round the body with a white ivy wreath and at the upper juncture of the handle with two female heads in relief; lip repaired; white accessories; spout now missing.

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