What just happened?

To celebrate Vikings Live, we have replaced our Roman alphabet with the runic alphabet used by the Vikings, the Scandinavian ‘Younger Futhark’. The ‘Younger Futhark’ has only 16 letters, so we have used some of the runic letters more than once or combined two runes for one Roman letter.

For an excellent introduction to runes, we recommend Martin Findell’s book published by British Museum Press.

More information about how we have ‘runified’ this site

 

Collection online

Additional options
Production date to

Or search by

Searching...

stamnos

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1839,0214.68

  • Description

    Pottery: red-figured stamnos.
    (a) Sacrifice, with Nike. On the left is an altar on a double plinth, on which two rows of sticks set crosswise, are burning, with a large hook or the horn of an ox and a square object in the midst of the flames; beside it stands a bearded, wreathed man, in a mantle, inscribed, APXENAYTHΣ, Άρχεναύτης, who holds in his right, by one handle, a kylix from which he seems about to pour wine on the altar; he raises his left hand as if in surprise, looking at Nike, who flies over the altar towards him, with Doric chiton and apoptygma, and hair knotted behind with a fillet; her right is restored as pouring wine from an oinochoe into
    the kylix. On the right of the altar two boys with spits stand, both nude and wreathed; the nearest stands en face, roasting in the flames a piece of meat fastened on his two spits. The other stands to left, holding upright in his right a piece of meat on the end of a single spit. They both look towards Nike. Above their heads is inscribed, ΝΙΚΟΔEΜΟΣ ΚΑΛΟΣ, Νικόδημος καλός. On the right is a youth in a himation, playing on the flutes, to which a phorbeia is attached, passing over the crown of his head. Beside him is his name, ΣΩΣΙΠΟΣ (?), perhaps intended for Σώσιπ[π]ος or Σωσίθεος.
    (b) Two ephebi looking at a third on the right, who holds in his right a chelys; each has a mantle and a fillet; the central one holds a staff; the one on the left raises his right hand.
    Large style. The design curves up over the shoulder. Purple inscriptions, flames, stems of wreaths, and fillets. Brown inner markings. Eye in developed profile. Below, sets of three maeanders separated by red cross squares; on shoulder, tongue pattern; round handles, egg pattern; above and below handles, a pattern composed of five palmettes.

    More 

  • Producer name

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 450BC-430BC
  • Production place

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 40.64 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
  • Curator's comments

    BM Cat. Vases

    Gerhard, Arch. Zeit. 1845, pl. 34, p. 166; id. A. V. iii, pl 155, p. 20; Baumeister, p. 1107, fig. 1303; Panofka, Eigenn. mit καλός, pl. iii, 5, p. 8; Bottiger, Vasengemalde, pl. i, 2, p. 48; Bull. dell’ Inst. 1835, p. 183; 1837, p. 35; 1838, p. 72; Stephani, Compte-Rendu 1868, p. 132; 1873, p. 188; Flasch, Angebl. Argonautenb. p. 22; Wernicke, Lieblingsn. p. 77; Klein, Lieblingsinschr. p. 70; C.I.Gr. 8453; J.H.S. ix, p. 4; Kretschmer, Vaseninschr. p. 85, note 1.
    The scene in a, together with a series of similar designs, has been interpreted as bearing on the Argonautic legend, but Flasch (loc. cit.) and others refer it to a sacrifice in honour of a victory.

    More 

  • Bibliography

    • Old Catalogue 804 bibliographic details
    • Vase E455 bibliographic details
    • CVA British Museum 3 III Ic Pl. 24, 2 bibliographic details
  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:

    1980 5 Jun- 26 Oct, London, BM, The Ancient Olympic Games

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1839

  • Department

    Greek & Roman Antiquities

  • Registration number

    1839,0214.68

Pottery: red-figured stamnos: Sacrifice (back: youths).

Pottery: red-figured stamnos: Sacrifice (back: youths).

Image description

Recommend


Feedback

If you’ve noticed a mistake or have any further information about this object, please email: collectiondatabase@britishmuseum.org 

View open data for this object with SPARQL endpoint

Object reference number: GAA7261

British Museum collection data is also available in the W3C open data standard, RDF, allowing it to join and relate to a growing body of linked data published by organisations around the world.

View this object

Support the Museum:
donate online

The Museum makes its collection database available to be used by scholars around the world. Donations will help support curatorial, documentation and digitisation projects.

About the database

The British Museum collection database is a work in progress. New records, updates and images are added every week.

More about the database 

Supporters

Work on this database is supported by a range of sponsors, donors and volunteers.

More about supporters and how you
can help  

Loading...

Collection online survey

We want to improve Collection Online and need your help. Please give us your feedback on a survey that will take about five minutes to complete.