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Pottery: red-figured bell-krater.
Designs red on black ground, with accessories of white and purple, retouched. Above the designs, laurel-wreath; below, wave-pattern; below the handles, palmettes.
(a) Scene from a comedy: On the left is the youthful Dionysos to right, with long hair, ivy-wreath, dotted taenia tied round head, bordered himation over right leg and left arm, and shoes with white studs, hands extended, left arm leaning on staff; he holds out fruit in left hand to a comic actor who dances before him, as if intoxicated, with right leg uplifted and arms extended. The actor wears a close-fitting garment with sleeves (jerkin and anaxyrides in one piece), with a white stripe down the legs, and over it a short purple chiton with padded stomach, and purple phallos; he has a large nose and wrinkled face, white hair, and pointed beard. On his head he balances a large basket ornamented with zigzags and palmettes, all painted in white outlines; Dionysos raises right hand as if to prevent the basket from falling.
(b) Ephebos to right, with wreath, himation, sandals, in one hand a twig, confronting a female figure with wreath, himation, veil over the back of her head, and sandals.
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Diameter: 36.30 centimetres
Height: 35.70 centimetres
Weight: 2.75 kilograms
- Curator's comments
- BM Cat. Vases
D'Hancarville, iv. pl. 118; Heydemann in Jahrbuch, i. (1886), p. 290.
Cf. BM Vase F148; but it is not likely that Atlas is here intended.
- On display (G73/dc26)
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- Greek and Roman
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