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hydria

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1867,0508.1038

  • Description

    Pottery: red-figured hydria (water-jar).
    Dancing lesson. In the centre a woman in a chiton schistos with broad black border and apoptygma, and hair looped up with fillet, stands en face, her left resting on a short thick staff; she looks to left, extending her right arm as if directing the movements of a young girl, who, with left hand on hip and right arched over her head, dances away to left looking round. On the right a second girl dances to left, playing castanets, her right arched over her head; her hair is looped up with a fillet. Both the dancers are nude, and have a band round the left thigh with ring attached. The one on left has a pair of cross-belts across her chest, and a similar band and ring around the calf of the right leg; her hair is short and curly. On the bottom of the foot is incised E.
    Fine graceful style. Purple fillets and rays in hair of left hand figure. Brown inner markings. Eye in profile.

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  • Producer name

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 430BC-420BC (circa)
  • Production place

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 20.32 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    BM Cat. Vases

    De Rossi, Vasi Greci di Blacas, pl. 30; Panofka, Bild. Ant. Let. pl. xviii, 6, p. 40; Schreiber-Anderson, Atlas of Cl. Ant. pl. 77, 2.
    For the peculiar form of staff, cf. Panofka, Griechinnen, pl. i, fig. 11.

  • Bibliography

    • Vase E203 bibliographic details
    • CVA British Museum 6 III Ic Pl. 88, 3 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G69/22

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1867

  • Department

    Greek & Roman Antiquities

  • Registration number

    1867,0508.1038

Pottery: red-figured hydria (water-jar).  
Dancing lesson. In the centre a woman in a chiton schistos with broad black border and apoptygma, and hair looped up with fillet, stands en face, her left resting on a short thick staff; she looks to left, extending her right arm as if directing the movements of a young girl, who, with left hand on hip and right arched over her head, dances away to left looking round. On the right a second girl dances to left, playing castanets, her right arched over her  head; her hair is looped up with a fillet. Both the dancers are nude, and have a band round the left thigh with ring attached. The one on left has a pair of cross-belts across her chest, and a similar band and ring around the calf of the right leg; her hair is short and curly. On the bottom of the foot is incised E.
Fine graceful style. Purple fillets and rays in hair of left hand figure. Brown inner markings. Eye in profile.

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