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    South Italian red figured pottery pelike.
    Designs red on black ground, with yellow accessories; above each, egg-moulding; below, (a) maeander, (b) zigzags.
    (a) Female figure moving to right, with hair tied in a bunch, open cap, beaded fillet, earrings, necklace, bracelets, long girt chiton fastened on shoulders, and sandals, in right hand a fillet, in left a tympanon; above her, a rosette and a taenia; ground-lines indicated.
    (b) Female head to left, with close embroidered cap tied at the back by a string, earrings, and necklace; in front, a laurel-branch; above, a window, two rosettes, and a taenia; behind the head, a taenia.


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    • 340BC-300BC
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    • Height: 26 centimetres
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    • Old Catalogue 1414 bibliographic details
    • Msc 1414 bibliographic details
    • RVAp 22/498 bibliographic details
    • Vase F326 bibliographic details
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    Greek & Roman Antiquities

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  • Additional IDs

    • SLAntiq.485


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