- Museum number
Pottery: red-figured hydria.
(1) Hydrophoria. Three nude ephebi bring hydriæ (of the same form as the vase) to a fountain, in the presence of a bearded man in a mantle, leaning on a staff. The fountain is represented by a lion's head projecting from the right border of the design, from the open mouth of which water flows into a hydria which an ephebos holds by the side handles below it. Next is an ephebos moving to right with a hydria of more rounded form held sideways in his right hand on his left shoulder, the hand passing over his head and grasping the upper handle. This figure alone has an olive wreath, the others have wreaths of vine. He turns to look at the bearded man, who leans forward, with right on hip and left leg crossed in front of right. On the left the third ephebos walks to right, holding in both hands by the side handle a hydria as before. In the field MEΓAKΛES KAΛΟΣ, Μεγακλής καλός. The hydriae are decorated on the lips, neck, and feet with bands of dots: the side handles are black.
(2) Symposion. Two figures wreathed with vine, and with mantles round their legs, reclining to right, looking to right, each leaning his left elbow against a striped cushion. The left hand figure is bearded, and holds in his left hand, closed around the stem, an inverted kylix of which the foot and handles are black: in his right hand, which rests on his raised knee, he holds a second kylix by the handle. His companion strikes with the fingers of his left, the chords of a chelys leaning against his body: his right rests idly on his knee. In the field, an inscription.
The main design (1) occupies the entire body between the handles: 2 forms a frieze on the shoulder. Purple wreaths, inscriptions, and water (? now faded). Brown inner markings, nostril, hair on cheek, articulation of sternum, and horizontal folds of drapery in 2. The wavy outline of the hair is incised throughout, but not that of the beard. Eye archaic. The hands and feet are very carefully drawn, with nails faithfully rendered. Each design has a border all round; below 1 is a band of palmettes, alternately inverted, black on a red band: on each side, five red palmettes connected by tendrils. On the shoulder, a band of key pattern. Above 2 tongue pattern, and on each side a pair of palmettes like the side border of 1, but black on red. The handles are left red, with borders of tongue. The lip is edged with red, and has inside a band of tongue. The junction with the back handle is marked by three raised knobs representing rivets, coloured purple: below it a palmette inverted. The upper surface of the foot is edged with purple.
Underneath the foot incised characters.
- Production date
- 510BC (circa)
Height: 53.34 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- BM Cat. Vases
Gerhard, Rapp. Volc. no. 696, 719; J.H.S. vol. 12, pl. 20-21, p. 366; Birch in Classical Museum, v, pp. 99-102; Rhein. Mus. vi, p. 390; Brunn, Kunstlergesch. ii, p. 728; Klein, Meistersig2 p. 193, no. 3; Lieblingsinschr. p. 64, no. 2; Wernicke, Lieblingsn. p. 76, no. 1; Hartwig, Meistersch. p. 167; C.I.Gr. 8314.
For the incised characters, see Old Catalogue pl. Β720.
- On display (G15/dc7)
- Exhibition history
1990 20 Oct-9 Dec, Japan, Tokyo, Setagaya Art Museum, Treasures of the British Museum, cat. no.100
1991 5 Jan-20 Feb, Japan, Yamaguchi, Prefectural Museum of Art, Treasures of the British Museum, cat. no.100
1991 9 Mar-7 May, Japan, Osaka, National Museum of Art, Treasures of the British Museum, cat. no.100
- Acquisition date
- Greek and Roman
- Registration number