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Pottery: red-figured cup. INTERIOR: man leading a cheetah to the left. The man is bearded and wears a himation and an apicate red fillet. His hair has a relief line fringe at the front and three horizontal relief lines over the neck. His beard has, as well as a relief line fringe, a spiral curl in relief line under the front. In his left hand he carries a knotty stick and in his right hand the red lead attached by a ring to the collar of a spotted cheetah. In the field on the left hangs a sponge and a scraper (the aryballos presumably obscured).
Border: single reserved line.
Relief line contour throughout (except hair); dilute glaze for minor interior markings; added red for inscription.
- Production date
- 490BC (circa)
Diameter: 7.80 centimetres (of foot plate)
Diameter: 13.20 centimetres (of tondo)
Diameter: 19.50 centimetres
Height: 7.80 centimetres
Width: 26.20 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- CVA British Museum 9
Bibliography: Cabinet Durand 279, lot 874; Hartwig Μ 299 no. 15 and 687 no. 41; Hoppin ii 93 no. 37; AV 53, 8; Bloesch FAS 127 no. 3, pl. 34, 6; ARV 87, 8; ARV2 120, 9 and 1627; Boardman ARFV Archaic fig. 117; Beazley Add2 175.
The cup was attributed by Hartwig to Hieron, even though he had already isolated Apollodoros as an artistic personality (M 628-40), beginning with the signed cup fragment formerly in Castle Ashby, now in the collection of Herbert Cahn in Basel (ARV2 120, 4; Beazley Add2 175). Smith saw more of a connection with Douris (BM Cat Vases iii p. 80). Beazley corrected these attributions by including the cup in his first listing of vases by Apollodoros.
This piece belongs to the final phase of the artist's career, if the merging of Beazley's Epidromos, Elpinikos and Kleomelos Painters with Apollodoros is correct. His style at this point echoes that of Douris in his 'early middle' period, but some pieces reach on into his Hippodaman phase. The relief line curl at the tip of the man's beard imitates a Dourian characteristic (cf. Vase E 52 and Vase E 54). Bloesch placed the cup in his Apollodoros Class.
For discussions of the keeping of exotic felines as pets by rich Athenians see W.L. Brown, Etruscan Lion (Oxford 1960) 170-4; A. Ashmead, Expedition 20 (1978) 39, 45, 47; Koch-Harnack 105-15.
- On display (G20a/dc1)
- Made up from fragments; one rim fragment missing and other small chips.
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- Greek and Roman
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