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kylix

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1866,0805.6

  • Description

    Pottery: red-figured kylix.
    Exterior: (a) Two youths wrestling, beside a stele on the left. This group seems to represent an intermediate stage between the two scenes shown on BM Vase Ε94, the relative positions of the combatants being reversed. Here the left hand athlete has gripped his opponent with his right hand under the right armpit, and chin pressed upon the shoulder, rendering this arm of his adversary helpless: passing his left arm across his adversary's back, he pulls his body sideways, so that it is in three-quarter face: the next stage will correspond to that shown in Ε94 b (a very similar vase), where the victor has suddenly twisted round, and using his adversary's arm over his own shoulder as a support, pitches him head first over his own head. The fourth stage perhaps shows the vanquished athlete, completely inverted, being hurled on to the ground. On the right stands a third wrestler, perhaps the paidotribes, as he wears a fillet: his right arm, and most of his body, legs, and left arm from the elbow, are broken away: he stands en face, but looks on at the wrestling.
    (b) Three athletes conversing. The central figure seems to be leaning forward on a staff, with his right resting on his hip: he is confronted by one holding up a strigil in his left. On the right a third, holding up a strigil in his right, appears to beckon with his left to the others. All three wear fillets. Of the two on the right little more than the head is preserved: the left hand figure is broken away from the waist downwards.
    Lip slightly off-set both in interior and exterior. Purple (now nearly faded away) for fillets: brown inner markings. Eye in profile, with eyelash. Beneath and beside each handle, a triple palmette with tendrils and buds, starting from a palmette which rests on two inverted flowers.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 430BC (circa)
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 10.16 centimetres
    • Diameter: 22.86 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    BM Cat. Vases

    The style is identical with that of BM Vase Ε94.
    The fourth stage (partially missing) is perhaps that shown on the vase of Euphronios (Hartwig, Meistersch. pl. xv, 2), where the vanquished athlete, completely inverted, is being hurled on to the ground. The trick is perhaps that known in Greek wrestling as κλιμακίζειν (see Smith, Dict. Ant3 ii, p. 84). The legs of both are missing.

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  • Bibliography

    • Vase E95 bibliographic details
  • Condition

    The centre, most of the body, and the foot are missing, and what remains of the interior has been scraped down for purposes of restoration.

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1866

  • Department

    Greek & Roman Antiquities

  • Registration number

    1866,0805.6

Pottery: red-figured kylix. 
Exterior: (a) Two youths wrestling, beside a stele on the left. This group seems to represent an intermediate stage between the two scenes shown on BM Vase ?94, the relative positions of the combatants being reversed. Here the left hand athlete has gripped his opponent with his right hand under the right armpit, and chin pressed upon the shoulder, rendering this arm of his adversary helpless: passing his left arm across his adversary's back, he pulls his body sideways, so that it is in three-quarter face: the next stage will correspond to that shown in ?94 b (a very similar vase), where the victor has suddenly twisted round, and using his adversary's arm over his own shoulder as a support, pitches him head first over his own head. The fourth stage perhaps shows the vanquished athlete, completely inverted, being hurled on to the ground. On the right stands a third wrestler, perhaps the paidotribes, as he wears a fillet: his right arm, and most of his body, legs, and left arm from the elbow, are broken away: he stands en face, but looks on at the wrestling.
(b) Three athletes conversing. The central figure seems to be leaning forward on a staff, with his right resting on his hip: he is confronted by one holding up a strigil in his left. On the right a third, holding up a strigil in his right, appears to beckon with his left to the others. All three wear fillets. Of the two on the right little more than the head is preserved: the left hand figure is broken away from the waist downwards.
Lip slightly off-set both in interior and exterior. Purple (now nearly faded away) for fillets: brown inner markings. Eye in profile, with eyelash. Beneath and beside each handle, a triple palmette with tendrils and buds, starting from a palmette which rests on two inverted flowers.

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Pottery: red-figured kylix. Exterior: (a) Two youths wrestling, beside a stele on the left. This group seems to represent an intermediate stage between the two scenes shown on BM Vase ?94, the relative positions of the combatants being reversed. Here the left hand athlete has gripped his opponent with his right hand under the right armpit, and chin pressed upon the shoulder, rendering this arm of his adversary helpless: passing his left arm across his adversary's back, he pulls his body sideways, so that it is in three-quarter face: the next stage will correspond to that shown in ?94 b (a very similar vase), where the victor has suddenly twisted round, and using his adversary's arm over his own shoulder as a support, pitches him head first over his own head. The fourth stage perhaps shows the vanquished athlete, completely inverted, being hurled on to the ground. On the right stands a third wrestler, perhaps the paidotribes, as he wears a fillet: his right arm, and most of his body, legs, and left arm from the elbow, are broken away: he stands en face, but looks on at the wrestling. (b) Three athletes conversing. The central figure seems to be leaning forward on a staff, with his right resting on his hip: he is confronted by one holding up a strigil in his left. On the right a third, holding up a strigil in his right, appears to beckon with his left to the others. All three wear fillets. Of the two on the right little more than the head is preserved: the left hand figure is broken away from the waist downwards. Lip slightly off-set both in interior and exterior. Purple (now nearly faded away) for fillets: brown inner markings. Eye in profile, with eyelash. Beneath and beside each handle, a triple palmette with tendrils and buds, starting from a palmette which rests on two inverted flowers.

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