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Pottery: red-figured pointed amphora.
(a) Dionysos and a Nymph. In the centre is an altar in the form of an Ionic capital on a plinth, with necking of egg pattern; over this Dionysos on the right, bearded, with long hair wreathed with ivy, a long sleeved chiton and an himation, holds out in his right a cantharos (partly destroyed) from which wine flows. Beside him is his name, Διόνυσος. On the left a Nymph, Nymphsea, in a long sleeved chiton of thick material with apoptygma, earrings, and an embroidered saccos, pours wine from an oinochoe in her right into the cantharos of Dionysos; with her left she lifts the skirt of her chiton. Beside her is inscribed her name, NYNΦAIA, Νυνφαια. Above the centre of the design ΗΟΠΑΙΣ KAΛΟΣ, ό παις καλός.
(b) Two women confronted, both wearing long chiton and mantle, and earrings; the one on the right wears a saccos as in a, and holds out in her right hand a honeysuckle flower with long tendril curling in helix form; the other is closely draped in her mantle, and has long hair confined with a fillet; in her right hand, projecting below her chin, she holds between thumb and forefinger a flower similar to the last, but minute and coloured purple. Between the figures is inscribed, Κάρτων (Κράτων ?) καλός: and lower down, καλη ναϊχι.
Severe style. Purple inscriptions, flower in b, stem of ivy wreath, and wine. Drapery in stiff, conventional folds. Eye in the form used by Duris (long and narrow, with bold curve and dotted pupil). The beard of Dionysos is of the long wedge shape; the saccos is also of the form favoured by Duris. The designs curve up over the shoulder. Below, a continuous band, sets of three maeanders separated by red cross squares; round the neck, alternate palmette and honeysuckle between two rows of egg pattern. Below the handles, a pattern composed of five palmettes with honeysuckle flowers.
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Height: 45.72 centimetres
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- BM Cat. Vases
Murray, Handbook of Greek Arch. pl. vii, 2 (a); Klein, Lieblingsinschr. p. 69; Jahn, Vasenb. p. 25; Heydemann, Satyr u. Bakchenn. p. 27; C.I.Gr. 7449.
The figure of Dionysos is (excepting the head) identical with that of the woman on right of b.
The καλός name seems to be a variation of Κρότων, like κάρτερος for κράτερος.
The female figure in a resembles the figure on the interior of BM Vase Ε51, but the hair over the forehead is in single wavy ringlets.
- On display (G20a/dc6)
- Broken; small portions of both sides injured.
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- Greek and Roman
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