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Apulian red figured pottery situla.
Designs red on black ground, with accessories of white and yellow. On the supports for the handles are rosettes; above the designs, wave-pattern and egg-moulding; below, maeander, and squares, each with dots in the centre. Between the designs are patterns of palmettes. The situla is fixed on a circular bronze stand supported by three kneeling Atlantes, and two movable bronze handles are attached to the rim; all these are modern.
(a) Dionysos and Ariadne: Ariadne is seated to right on the capital of a white Ionic column; her hair is tied behind under an open beaded cap, and she wears earrings, necklace, bracelets, and a string of beads over left shoulder, himation over lower limbs, and white shoes; in right hand a mirror, in left a parasol. Facing her is Dionysos, beardless, with white fillet ornamented with trefoils and chlamys over left arm, holding a branch in left hand, and an embroidered taenia in right, which he presents to Ariadne. Over her head is a bunch of grapes, and behind her a phiale; in the field, a rosette.
(b) Maenad moving to right, with a bunch of grapes in each hand, painted white, and a pyxis in left; her hair is gathered under an open beaded cap, and she wears necklace, long girt chiton fastened on the shoulders, white sandals, and a himation over left arm; a thyrsos leans against her right arm,, formed of a pine-cone at the end of a reed (narthex). In the field, two phialae and an ivy-leaf.
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Diameter: 23.10 centimetres
Height: 29.15 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- BM Cat. Vases
D'Hancarville, ii. pls. 49-51; Christie, Disquisitions on Painted Vases, pl. 14; El. Cer. ii. pl. 23; Dubois-Maisonneuve, Introd. pl. 37, 3; Inghirami, Vasi Fitt. ii. pl. 179; Moses, Antique Vases, pl. 9.
- On display (G1/wp62/sh6)
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- Greek and Roman
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