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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.
- 430BC-420BC (circa)
- Made in: Attica
- Excavated/Findspot: Nola (said to be from)
- (Europe,Italy,Campania,Naples (province),Nola)
- Height: 20.32 centimetres
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.
Greek & Roman Antiquities
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Object reference number: GAA4202
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