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  • Description

    Pottery: red-figured amphora.
    Designs red on black ground; imperfectly fired.
    (a) Nude female figure to right, dancing, with crotala in both hands; before her is a female figure, with opisthosphendone, long chiton, himation, and shoes with turned-up toes, playing the double flute.
    (b) Ephebos to right, with himation over left shoulder, and staff in right hand with cross-piece at the top; facing him is a female figure with close cap, long chiton, and sandals with turned-up toes, wrapped in a bordered himation.


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  • Date

    • 470BC-425BC
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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 30.1 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    BM Cat. Vases

    For the scene of side a, cf. BM Vases Ε38 and Ε61.

  • Bibliography

    • Old Catalogue 882 bibliographic details
    • Vase F146 bibliographic details
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  • Acquisition notes

    Previously unregistered.

  • Department

    Greek & Roman Antiquities

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