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  • Description

    Pottery: black-figured pinax (plate). Late style; occasional accessories of white and purple. An archer to left, beardless, with hair curly in front, earrings, high peaked cap, and jerkin and anaxyrides in one piece, stippled all over, with a guilloche pattern down the legs; at his side, his bow and quiver, the latter ornamented with guilloche pattern, with open lid in the form of a wing; he is blowing a trumpet (salpinx) with a phorbeia (chinstrap).


  • Producer name

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 520BC-500BC (circa)
  • Production place

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  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 1.5 centimetres
    • Width: 19.1 centimetres
    • Depth: 19.1 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    BM Cat. Vases

    Micali, Storia, pl. 100, 4; Panofka, Bild. Ant. Leb. pl. vi. 7; see also De Witte, Cab. Durand, 867.This plate was painted by Psiax, who worked in both the conventional black-figure and the new red-figure techniques. The design, with the single black figure set on a plain clay background, looks like a translation into black-figure of a contemporary red-figure decorative scheme. Comparing it with a red-figure plate by the painter Epiktetos, which also shows a single archer, the opportunities offered by the newer technique are clear. The red-figure archer stands out more boldly against his black background; more varied and intricate patterns can be achieved because the details of his costume are painted rather than incised.


  • Bibliography

    • Vase B591 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G14/dc2

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Department

    Greek & Roman Antiquities

  • Registration number


COMPASS Title: Black-figured plate, attributed to the painter Psiax;An archer


COMPASS Title: Black-figured plate, attributed to the painter Psiax;An archer

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