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kylix

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1836,0224.196

  • Description

    Pottery: red-figured kylix.
    Interior: Within a circle of single maeanders interspersed with eight chequered squares, an athlete standing to right, holding strigil in left: his right arm akimbo, mantle hanging from left forearm: he wears a fillet with vertical piece over forehead. In field on left, ΞΕΝΩΝ ΚΑΛΟΣ, Ξένων καλός. His feet rest on a black line cutting off an exergue left red.
    Exterior: (a) Two wrestlers and paidotribes. The wrestlers (youths) bend forward towards each other with left leg advanced, trying for a grip; each attempts with the near hand to catch the advanced thigh and with his other hand the further shoulder of his opponent. The paidotribes stands on right en face, but looking on, holding towards the wrestlers his staff. All these figures are much damaged.
    (b) Similar. Here the one athlete has gripped with his locked arms and chin the left arm of his opponent, and bending forward on his knees to right, with arched back, jerks the other head foremost over his back. The vanquished athlete, with his right arm swung upwards, vainly tries to recover his balance: his body is in a horizontal position, with face to front and legs in air. The paidotribes, closely draped and wreathed, stands on left looking on, and raises his rod over the group.
    Graceful style. Purple (?) is used for fillet, inscription, and wreath; inner markings in faint brown; surface ruddled. Eye in developed profile type. Beneath and beside each handle, a triple palmette ornament.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 430BC (circa)
  • Production place

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 8.25 centimetres
    • Diameter: 22.85 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
  • Curator's comments

    BM Cat. Vases

    The exterior scenes are engraved in Hartwig, Meistersch. p. 138, note I, fig. 20, a, b; cf. also p. 577, note 1; Wernicke, Lieblingsn. p. 78; Klein, Lieblingsinschr. p. 62; C.I.Gr. 8454.
    For the specific wrestling scene on side b, which is termed in Lucian, Anach. c. 24, ές ΰψος άναβαστάζέιν, see Hartwig, loc. cit. p. 137, note 2. The same scheme occurs on a vase of Euphronios, ibid. pl. xv, 2.

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  • Bibliography

    • Old Catalogue 971** bibliographic details
    • Vase E94 bibliographic details
  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:

    1980 5 Jun- 26 Oct, London, BM, The Ancient Olympic Games

  • Condition

    Much broken, but very little wanting: surface considerably injured, especially in the interior scene and a.

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1836

  • Department

    Greek & Roman Antiquities

  • Registration number

    1836,0224.196

Pottery: red-figured kylix.  
Interior: Within a circle of single maeanders interspersed with eight chequered squares, an athlete standing to right, holding strigil in left: his right arm akimbo, mantle hanging from left forearm: he wears a fillet with vertical piece over forehead. In field on left, ???O? ????S, ????? ?a???. His feet rest on a black line cutting off an exergue left red.
Exterior: (a) Two wrestlers and paidotribes. The wrestlers (youths) bend forward towards each other with left leg advanced, trying for a grip; each attempts with the near hand to catch the advanced thigh and with his other hand the further shoulder of his opponent. The paidotribes stands on right en face, but looking on, holding towards the wrestlers his staff. All these figures are much damaged.
(b) Similar. Here the one athlete has gripped with his locked arms and chin the left arm of his opponent, and bending forward on his knees to right, with arched back, jerks the other head foremost over his back. The vanquished athlete, with his right arm swung upwards, vainly tries to recover his balance: his body is in a horizontal position, with face to front and legs in air. The paidotribes, closely draped and wreathed, stands on left looking on, and raises his rod over the group.
Graceful style. Purple (?) is used for fillet, inscription, and wreath; inner markings in faint brown; surface ruddled. Eye in developed profile type. Beneath and beside each handle, a triple palmette ornament.

Pottery: red-figured kylix. Interior: Within a circle of single maeanders interspersed with eight chequered squares, an athlete standing to right, holding strigil in left: his right arm akimbo, mantle hanging from left forearm: he wears a fillet with vertical piece over forehead. In field on left, ???O? ????S, ????? ?a???. His feet rest on a black line cutting off an exergue left red. Exterior: (a) Two wrestlers and paidotribes. The wrestlers (youths) bend forward towards each other with left leg advanced, trying for a grip; each attempts with the near hand to catch the advanced thigh and with his other hand the further shoulder of his opponent. The paidotribes stands on right en face, but looking on, holding towards the wrestlers his staff. All these figures are much damaged. (b) Similar. Here the one athlete has gripped with his locked arms and chin the left arm of his opponent, and bending forward on his knees to right, with arched back, jerks the other head foremost over his back. The vanquished athlete, with his right arm swung upwards, vainly tries to recover his balance: his body is in a horizontal position, with face to front and legs in air. The paidotribes, closely draped and wreathed, stands on left looking on, and raises his rod over the group. Graceful style. Purple (?) is used for fillet, inscription, and wreath; inner markings in faint brown; surface ruddled. Eye in developed profile type. Beneath and beside each handle, a triple palmette ornament.

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