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Red figured pottery amphora.
Designs red and white, with yellow accessories, on black ground. On the lip, vine-wreath; on the neck, either side, a palmette. On the shoulder, (a) egg-moulding, tongue-pattern, and laurel-wreath; (b) tongue- and wave-patterns. Below the handles, palmettes; below, all round, maeander and crosses.
(a) Offerings at heroon: In the centre is a distyle Ionic heroon, painted white, the beams of the roof visible inside; it stands on a high base with volutes and dots in white on a red band, and at the angles of the pediment are volutes. Within is the figure of a youth seated to left, painted white with yellow markings; drapery under him, in left hand a phiale with fruit and sprays, and a wreath, all white. Above hangs a hydria, and on the right a pilos; the left arm of the youth rests on a shield, and below him is a hydria on its side; all these objects are painted white. On the left is a female figure to right, with hair tied in a bunch, open white beaded cap, earrings, necklace, bracelets, long chiton fastened on shoulders with girdle ending in white studs, himation and white sandals; in right hand a wreath and a white taenia, in left a mirror and an embroidered taenia; above her is an embroidered taenia. On the left is a similar female figure (no girdle), with an embroidered taenia in right hand and a large mirror in left, the handle in the form of a nude female figure painted white, supporting the mirror with her arms. Above is an ivy-leaf; the ground-lines are indicated.
(b) Two ephebi confronted, each with himation over left shoulder, sandals, and staff, standing on either side of a stele, on a level with the top of the base. Round the stele is tied a taenia, and another round the base; on either side of it is a rosette; behind each ephebos, an ivy-leaf.
- Made in: Apulia
- (Europe,Italy,Puglia,Apulia (region - archaic))
- Excavated/Findspot: Bari
- (Europe,Italy,Puglia,Bari (province),Bari (town))
- Height: 74.4 centimetres
BM Cat. Vases
For the woman with the mirror, cf. BM Vase F332.
Greek & Roman Antiquities
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Object reference number: GAA66948
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