- Museum number
Pottery: red-figured calyx-krater (wine-bowl).
Designs red on black ground, with accessories of white and purple; restored. Above, laurel-wreath; below each design, maeander and chequer.
(a) Symposion: On a couch ornamented with wave-pattern and crosses recline two male figures to left; the one on the left has curly hair and beard, purple fillet and himation over lower limbs, left arm resting on a chequered pillow; he holds a kylix by the handle with right forefinger, as if playing cottabos. The other is beardless, with curly hair, a purple and a white fillet, and himation over lower limbs, right hand extended, left arm resting on a similar pillow; the mattress of the couch is embroidered. On the left is Eros hovering to right, holding out a chaplet of beads in both hands; before him is a cottabos-stand, painted purple.
(b) Two ephebi confronted, with fillets and himatia over left shoulders; the one on the left holds out a strigil, the other has a staff in right hand. Between them is a stele, on which is a fruit; and above, an aryballos.
- Production date
- 400BC-380BC (circa)
Height: 35.70 centimetres
Weight: 2.50 kilograms
Width: 34.20 centimetres
Depth: 34.20 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- BM Cat. Vases
D'Hancarville, iv. pl. 90; Inghirami, Vast Fitt. ii. pl. 177; Philologus, 1867, pl. 4, fig. 3 (reversed), p. 234 (Jahn).
On the subject of the cottabos, see Stephani, Compte-Rendu, 1869, p. 219 ff.; Becker, Charicles, p. 349; Archaeologia, li. p. 383 ff.; Smith, Dict. Ant3 i. p. 558; Becq de Fouquieres, Les Jeux des Anciens, p. 212; Sartori, Das Kottabos-Spiel der alien Griechen.
- On display (G73/dc21)
- Exhibition history
2016, 28 Apr-14 Aug, London, British Museum, Sicily: Culture and Conquest
- Greek and Roman
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: 1772,0320.34.*