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Pottery: red figure kylix. Purple hair bands, wreaths and flutes. Brown inner markings only for upper folds of chiton in a. The locks of hair of the Seileni terminate in spiral curls. Beside each handle, a spiral, divided in every case by the body of a Siren.
Interior: Within thin red circle, Dancing Girl. She dances to left, head thrown back, playing on castanets: she wears a long chiton, the upper part decorated with crosses, a himation fastened on left shoulder, a saccos, earrings, necklace, and a bracelet on right wrist. In the field, imitation inscriptions.
Exterior: (a) Between two Sirens playing flutes, Dionysos and two Seileni. Dionysos (bearded, long chiton and mantle as in interior), holding keras in right, in left a vine branch which spreads on each side, moves to right, looking back at a Seilenos (bald over forehead) who advances holding out his right, and carrying a thyrsos on his left shoulder. On right a Seilenos moves to left, carrying a large wineskin over left shoulder, and a keras in right. The Seileni and Dionysos are wreathed with ivy: the Sirens (who have earrings and hair bands) with vine.
(b) Between two similar Sirens, Maenad and Seilenos. The Maenad (exactly like the figure in the interior) moves to right looking back, and swinging her thyrsos to repel the advances of a Seilenos, of whom all that remains is his right forearm extended towards her, the basket which hung by purple cords from his body (?), his legs and tail.
- Production date
- 510BC-500BC (circa)
Height: 11.43 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- BM Cat. Vases
Murray, Designs from Greek Vases, no. 11. The hair of the Seileni is as in BM Vase Ε815. The dancing girl's chiton is drawn as in BM Vase Ε12. The imitation inscriptions are very similar to those in BM Vase Ε815 (a).
- Not on display
- Much broken: portions of exterior (b) and centre of interior missing.
- Acquisition date
- Greek and Roman
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