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Pottery: Athenian red-figured bell-krater.
(a) Symposion with Cottabos (wine-throwing game). Four figures reclining to left on two couches placed end to end, the adjoining feet resting on the same plinth; each has a mantle round the legs, a wreath, and a woollen fillet, and leans on a folded striped cushion. The figure on the right, who is beardless, leans back, playing on the flutes; over him is his name, ΚΛΕΩΝ, Κλεων. The next figure, Eudicos, is bearded, and in full face drinks from a kylix in his right hand; over him, EVΔIKOΣ, Εύδικος. The next, Alkimachos, holds a kylix in his left hand, and leans back with lips parted and right hand to his forehead, as if singing; he is beardless; over him, ΑΛΚΙΜΑ+ΟΣ, Άλκιμαχος. The figure on the left, Deximachos, is bearded, and swings on his right forefinger by its handle a kylix (κοτταβίζων); over him, .EΣIMA+OS, Δ]εξίμαχος. He looks down at a wreathed boy, who, with a small aryballos in his left, and a strainer (simpulum) in his right, moves to the right beside Alkimachos. Before each couch is a table, from which hang taeniae; on the one on the right is a small kylix.
(b) Two ephebi, draped and wreathed, to whom a woman in Ionic chiton and mantle, with hair looped up with fillet, comes hurriedly, bringing a fluted phiale on her right hand. The central figure holds in his right a staff, and stands en face, but looks to right.
Purple inscriptions, wreaths, and taeniae. The fillets in a are painted white with yellow markings; brown inner markings. Below, sets of three maeanders separated by dotted squares; above on a moulding, egg pattern, and a laurel wreath; round handles, egg pattern.
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Diameter: 41.25 centimetres
Height: 36.83 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- BM Cat. Vases
This is the vase mentioned in the MS. Catalogue of Sir W. Ηamilton's Antiquities, 1778, ii. p. 594*; it is described as having been found at Trebbia, near the ancient Capua. D'Hancarville, ii, pl. 74; Inghirami, Vasi Fitt. pl. 132. Late stage of large style; resembling BM Vase Ε453 and 454.
- On display (G1/wp13)
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Part of the contents of a tomb opened by Sir William Hamilton in 1766.
- Greek and Roman
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: 1772,0320.1.*