Pottery: red-figured hydria (water-jar).
Woman reading, and three attendants. The reader, seated in a chair to right, bends forward over a scroll, of which a portion unrolled shows dots representing sixteen lines of writing arranged στοιχηδόν (stoichedon – arranged vertically as well as horizontally, in a grid-like fasion). The women on either side of her stand to front looking inwards, and wear Doric chiton with apoptygma, tied; the one on left has left resting on hip, and holds up in right an object like a large plectrum or purse (?): she has a purple fillet wound thrice round her looped-up hair. The other holds up on her right a square box of wicker. The seated figure and the one on the extreme right wear sleeved chitoi and himation. The one on extreme right wears a radiate dotted sphendone, and hold up in right a flower: all the three on right wear a dotted fillet with rays, wound twice around the hair. Over the seated figure hangs an embroidered cap with strings
Good period, but drawing a little careless. Purple rays, fillet and strings of cap. Eye in developed profile.
- 450BC (circa)
- Made in: Attica
- Excavated/Findspot: Kimissalla
- Height: 33.02 centimetres
BM Cat. Vases
This subject closely resembles one on a hydria at Athens (Inv. no. 1260, Museo Ital, ii pl. 6), where the seated figure is inscribed with the name of Sappho.
Cracked, but otherwise intact.
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Object reference number: GAA3788
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