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kylix

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1843,1103.9

  • Description

    Pottery: red-figured kylix. Outline of hair incised.
    Interior: Within a thin red circle, dancing girl and fluteplayer. A youth (wreathed, mantle on left shoulder, phorbeia over mouth) steps in time to right, playing flutes; before him dances a girl with castanets, in short close-fitting bordered chiton of archaic form, a nebris fastened to left shoulder, earrings, and a saccos; she looks round to left; her chiton is not indicated above the waist.
    Exterior: (a) Heracles slaying Busiris. Beside an altar (with top in form of Ionic capital) Busiris falls backward to right, his left leg bent under him, both arms thrown upward, blood streaming from two wounds in jaw and crown: Heracles grasps him by the throat, and swings his club back to deal him a final stroke: he is bearded, and wears lionskin tied, short chiton, and quiver hanging at waist from his right shoulder. On either side two Egyptian priests run away at full speed, looking back; the foremost on left holds a sacrificial knife, and has just let fall the sacrificial basket: his companion wears a phorbeia, and has a flute case (sybene) hanging from his left shoulder. The foremost on right has just dropped a chelys, with plectrum attached: his companion carries a trefoil oinochoe. All the Egyptians have shaven heads, with a patch of hair, indicated by brown dots, left over the ear; in the case of the two on left, the brown dots extend all over the head; the one with oinochoe has the cheek dotted. They have long crania, thick lips, snub nose and wrinkled forehead and cheeks: and wear a short under-tied chiton, of which the finer folds are only indicated above the girdle. The four priests wear wreaths.
    (b) Symposion, with triclinium. On the left couch is a man wreathed, with himation around legs, his right arm supporting his head thrown back, his left hanging at side, singing to the music of a flute-playing girl (long chiton, himation, saccos, earrings) who stands beside foot of couch. Beside his left hand is his kylix, which he has laid on the ground. On the central couch is a man partly bald, with wrinkled forehead (himation round legs, folded cloth tied round head), holding out his kylix to be filled by a wreathed boy who holds an oinochoe in right hand. The third couch, on right, is at right angles to the others, so that the figure on it has his back turned; he rests his left elbow on a striped bolster, and raises a kylix to his lips; the upper part of his head and parts of his left arm and back are wanting, but he seems to be an ephebos wreathed.

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  • Producer name

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 510BC (circa)
  • Production place

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 122 millimetres
    • Width: 410 millimetres (including handles)
    • Diameter: 325 millimetres
    • Weight: 995 grammes
    • Height: 12.7 centimetres
    • Diameter: 33.02 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Script

        Greek
      • Inscription Language

        Greek
      • Inscription Content

        Exterior (a): ΠΥΘΟΝΕΠΟΙΕΣΕΝ, Πύθων έποίησεν.
        Exterior (b): ΕΠΙΚΤΕΤΟΣ ΕΓΡΑΦΣΕ., 'Επίκτητος έγραφσε[ν.
      • Inscription Translation

        Python made it.
        Epiktetos painted (?) it
  • Curator's comments

    BM Cat. Vases

    Micali, Storia, pl. 90, 1 (gives the eyes in exterior (a) wrongly); Panofka, Νamen der Vasenb. pl. iii, 4; (exterior (a) only); Murray, Designs from Greek Vases, no. 23 (interior), p. 8, fig. 2 (exterior a); Klein, Meistersig2 p. 103, no. 8.
    For side a, cf. the similar design by Cachrylion, Hartwig, Meistersch. pl. iv, and the list given, ibid. p. 53, note i.

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  • Bibliography

    • Old Catalogue 823 bibliographic details
    • Vase E38 bibliographic details
  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:

    2009 2 Apr-13 Oct, Alicante, The Body Beautiful in Ancient Greek Art and Thought
    2010 30 Apr-30 Aug, Seoul, National Museum of Korea, The Body Beautiful in Ancient Greek Art and Thought 2010-2011 15 Oct-07 Feb, Taipei, The National Palace Museum, The Body Beautiful in Ancient Greek Art and Thought
    2010-2011, 11 Mar-12 Jun, Kobe City Museum, The Body Beautiful in Ancient Greek Art and Thought
    2011, 4 July-25 Sept, Tokyo, The National Museum of Western Art, The Body Beautiful in Ancient Greek Art and Thought
    2011 - 2012, 25 October-12 February, Mexico City, National Anthropological Museum, The Body Beautiful in Ancient Greek Art and Thought
    2012-2013 6 October- 6 January, Portland Art Museum, The Body Beautiful in Ancient Greek Art and Thought
    2013, 6 October- 6 May – 6 Oct, Dallas Museum of Art, The Body Beautiful in Ancient Greek Art and Thought

  • Condition

    Much broken.

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1843

  • Department

    Greek & Roman Antiquities

  • Registration number

    1843,1103.9

Pottery: red-figured kylix (drinking-cup) with a dancing girl and a youth playing the pipes. On one side, Herakles slays Busiris at the altar of Zeus; on the other side, a drinking party.

Pottery: red-figured kylix (drinking-cup) with a dancing girl and a youth playing the pipes. On one side, Herakles slays Busiris at the altar of Zeus; on the other side, a drinking party.

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