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    Pottery: black-figured kylix (drinking-cup) possibly showing a scene from the "Attic Thesmophoria", a fertility dance celebrated by the wives of Athenian citizens. On the other side of the vase is a representation of ritual ploughing. Demeter is the veiled figure seated at the far left-hand side of the dance scene: one hand is raised to her head in a gesture associated with mourning. In front of Demeter five women and a boy dance to an altar where a priestess stands holding a sacred winnowing fan.


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    • 560BC-550BC (circa)
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    • Diameter: 26.67 centimetres
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    • CVA British Museum 2 III H f Pl. 10, 6 bibliographic details
    • Brijder 1983a No. 290; p. 263; Fig. 75; Plate 58a-b (Painter of Burgon Sianas) bibliographic details
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    Greek & Roman Antiquities

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