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amphora

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1865,0103.28

  • Description

    Pottery: red-figured amphora.
    Designs red on black ground; coarse style. Above the designs, tongue-pattern with dots; below, a band of lozenge-pattern with dots.
    (a) Bearded male figure, with long sleeved chiton and himation, in right hand a staff, looking to right, towards a Canopic jar resting on a plinth, which terminates in a female head.
    (b) Part of the same scene: A female figure to right (probably representing the Nymph of a spring), of whom only the upper half is visible, with cap and himation, extending right hand to a beardless male figure, who stands to front looking to left, with pilos and chlamys, in left hand a hoe or axe, right extended to the female figure; his feet sink into the band of ornament below.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 450BC-430BC (circa)
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 30.8 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    BM Cat. Vases

    Panofka, Cab. Pourtales, pl. 22, p. 72; Raoul-Rochette, Mon. Ined. pl. 64, pp. 369-371; Ann. dell’ Inst. 1829, p. 302.
    Probably a representation of digging a spring: cf. Robert, Arch. Marchen, p. 179 ff.
    Preliminary sketch pattern visible on vase.

  • Bibliography

    • Old Catalogue 1684 bibliographic details
    • Vase F147 bibliographic details
  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1865

  • Department

    Greek & Roman Antiquities

  • Registration number

    1865,0103.28

Pottery: red-figured amphora; A: bearded figure with staff to right before Canopic jar with female head on plinth; B: upper half of female figure to right extending hand to male figure with pilos and hoe or axe; tongue-pattern with dots above, lozenge-pattern with dots below.

Pottery: red-figured amphora; A: bearded figure with staff to right before Canopic jar with female head on plinth; B: upper half of female figure to right extending hand to male figure with pilos and hoe or axe; tongue-pattern with dots above, lozenge-pattern with dots below.

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