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kantharos

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1873,0820.277

  • Description

    Pottery: red-figured kantharos, moulded heads of two women.
    (a) An ephebos wreathed with vine, a mantle around his legs, reclining to left, leaning against a wine-skin; he looks down to right with lips parted, as if singing, and holds upright on the ground a large chelys, with his left fingers in its chords, and in his right the plectrum. On the left his knotted staff leans obliquely to left; beside it hangs a basket. In the field, ΗΟΠΑΙΣ KAΛΟΣ, ό παις καλός.
    (b) Similar scene. Here it is a bearded man, who, similarly reclining with head to right and lips parted, holds in his right against his body a cotyle (silhouette with red line below the handles). An end of his mantle passes over his left forearm. The same objects and inscription in the field, but the staff (on right of the basket) is smooth and crutched.
    The lower part is moulded in the form of two female heads, back to back, joined immediately behind the ears. The division of the neck is marked by a thin vertical black line. The hair falls from the forehead over the ears in a thick wavy mass, coloured a bright vermilion; behind is a patch of black glaze, representing part of a saccos. The flesh seems to have been coloured deep red, the lips bright vermilion; the pupils of the eyes are represented by a dot within a circle, both of black glaze, on a white ground; eyebrows and outline of eye in black glaze. These heads support a two-handled cup, spreading outwards, on which is the design. Purple wreaths, inscriptions, cord and tuning-pegs of lyre, cords of basket. Brown inner marking and hair on cheek in (a). Eye, archaic.

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  • Producer name

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 490BC-470BC
  • Production place

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 17.78 centimetres
    • Diameter: 12.7 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
  • Bibliography

    • Vase E784 bibliographic details
    • CVA British Museum 4 III Ic pl. 36, 1 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G20a/dc2

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1873

  • Department

    Greek & Roman Antiquities

  • Registration number

    1873,0820.277

Pottery: red-figured kantharos, moulded heads of two women.  (a) An ephebos wreathed with vine, a mantle around his legs, reclining to left, leaning against a wine-skin; he looks down to right with lips parted, as if singing, and holds upright on the ground a large chelys, with his left fingers in its chords, and in his right the plectrum. On the left his knotted staff leans obliquely to left; beside it hangs a basket. In the field, ?????S KA??S, ? pa?? ?a???.  (b) Similar scene. Here it is a bearded man, who, similarly reclining with head to right and lips parted, holds in his right against his body a cotyle (silhouette with red line below the handles). An end of his mantle passes over his left forearm. The same objects and inscription in the field, but the staff (on right of the basket) is smooth and crutched.  The lower part is moulded in the form of two female heads, back to back, joined immediately behind the ears. The division of the neck is marked by a thin vertical black line. The hair falls from the forehead over the ears in a thick wavy mass, coloured a bright vermilion; behind is a patch of black glaze, representing part of a saccos. The flesh seems to have been coloured deep red, the lips bright vermilion; the pupils of the eyes are represented by a dot within a circle, both of black glaze, on a white ground; eyebrows and outline of eye in black glaze. These heads support a two-handled cup, spreading outwards, on which is the design. Purple wreaths, inscriptions, cord and tuning-pegs of lyre, cords of basket. Brown inner marking and hair on cheek in (a). Eye, archaic.

Pottery: red-figured kantharos, moulded heads of two women. (a) An ephebos wreathed with vine, a mantle around his legs, reclining to left, leaning against a wine-skin; he looks down to right with lips parted, as if singing, and holds upright on the ground a large chelys, with his left fingers in its chords, and in his right the plectrum. On the left his knotted staff leans obliquely to left; beside it hangs a basket. In the field, ?????S KA??S, ? pa?? ?a???. (b) Similar scene. Here it is a bearded man, who, similarly reclining with head to right and lips parted, holds in his right against his body a cotyle (silhouette with red line below the handles). An end of his mantle passes over his left forearm. The same objects and inscription in the field, but the staff (on right of the basket) is smooth and crutched. The lower part is moulded in the form of two female heads, back to back, joined immediately behind the ears. The division of the neck is marked by a thin vertical black line. The hair falls from the forehead over the ears in a thick wavy mass, coloured a bright vermilion; behind is a patch of black glaze, representing part of a saccos. The flesh seems to have been coloured deep red, the lips bright vermilion; the pupils of the eyes are represented by a dot within a circle, both of black glaze, on a white ground; eyebrows and outline of eye in black glaze. These heads support a two-handled cup, spreading outwards, on which is the design. Purple wreaths, inscriptions, cord and tuning-pegs of lyre, cords of basket. Brown inner marking and hair on cheek in (a). Eye, archaic.

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