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Pottery: red-figured amphora type A.
(a) Apollo, Artemis and Leto. Apollo, beardless, in long woollen chiton and himation, long hair looped up behind with fillet, slight whiskers, stands to right playing on a large kithara; beside him in the background his deer moves to left. The kithara is supported by a looped ribbon, through which his left wrist is passed, and from the lower part of it hangs a spotted sash. Facing him Artemis stands, similarly dressed, with earrings, bracelets, and necklace with three pendants, and a heavy twisted saccos with stephane: around her shoulders is fastened a panther-skin, its mask on her left upper arm, and over this her quiver (with conical cap) hangs by a belt around her shoulders: with her left she raises the skirt of her dress, touching her right shoulder with the finger-tips of her right hand. Beside her in the background a panther to left looking back. On the left Leto, wearing long chiton and himation, stands to right, holding up in her left a honeysuckle flower in front of her face: in her right at her side, a leafless forked twig. On the right of Apollo is his name, APOΛΛONOΣ, Άπολλώνος.
(b) Three athletes exercising. The central figure is in the act of hurling the rod: he moves to right with his body en face, looking down to left at the rod (ακόντιον) which he holds in his right with the first two fingers extended (no amentum is shown): with the fingers of his left he steadies the tip. On the right a boxer moves to right, looking back, in the act of fastening around his left fingers a caestus, of which the end hangs down to the ground between his feet. The third figure on left, a discobolos, moves away to left with discos poised on his left hand and shoulder; he looks back, raising his right hand with a gesture of surprise. On the right of the central figure is inscribed, ΛΑΔΑMΑΣ, Λαδάμας: on the left of him, Φ]άϋλλος: above him, KA (on one side) ΛΟΣ (on other), καλός.
Purple inscriptions, fillets, flower, cross-belt of Artemis, cord of plectrum, tuning-pegs, bracelets and caestus. Brown folds of chiton, inner markings, markings of skin, whiskers, and necklaces. The skirt of the chitons and of the himation of Apollo have the folds indicated both in brown and black. Eye archaic. Hair outline, and strings of lyre incised, and along the outer edge of the hair is also a row of raised black dots. Feet very long, and carelessly drawn. The drawing in b is much broader and more massive, and the heads larger in proportion, than in a. Each design is enclosed in a border, composed of key pattern below, palmettes laid horizontally above, and net pattern at sides: round the bottom of the body, rays. Below the handle, a palmette inverted: on the sides of the handles, ivy pattern; all these patterns are black on red. Purple is used for the centres of the palmettes, the moulded edge of the handles, and in lines around the lip, neck, and body below the design and above the rays.
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Height: 62 centimetres
Width: 38.50 centimetres
Depth: 38.50 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- BM Cat. Vases
Gerhard, A. V. i, p. 90, note 78; Klein in Ann. dell' Inst. 1881, p. 81; Wernicke, Lieblingsn. p. 74, note 1; Hartwig, Meistersch. p. 168; C.I.Gr. 7423; Kretschmer, Vaseninschr. p. 79.
One foot and leg of each figure is drawn in bold foreshortening: the bodies of the two outside figures are shown in back view. For the name Phayllus, see Klein, Lieblingsinschr. p. 65, no. 4; it occurs on a psycter assigned (Jahrbuch, 1895, p. 110) to Phintias, which in style resembles this scene: Hauser, ibid, suggests the possibility of identifying this personage with a pentathlos of Croton, who held a command at Salamis. At the bottom of the foot incised and painted characters, see Old Catalogue pl. Β791.
- On display (G69/dc24)
- Exhibition history
1980 5 Jun-26 Oct, London, BM, The Ancient Olympic Games
2007 31 Mar-30 Jun, Gosport, Ancient Greeks: Athletes, Warriors & Heroes
2007-2008 3 Nov-24 Feb, Leicester, Ancient Greeks: Athletes, Warriors & Heroes
2008 29 Mar-1 Jun, Luton, Ancient Greeks: Athletes, Warriors & Heroes
2008 20 Jun-5 Oct, Lincoln, Ancient Greeks: Athletes, Warriors & Heroes
2008-2009 25 Oct-24 Jan, South Shields, Ancient Greeks: Athletes, Warriors & Heroes
2009 7 Feb-4 May, Glasgow, Ancient Greeks: Athletes, Warriors & Heroes
2017 13 Jul-15 Oct, Madrid, Caixa Forum, Ancient Greeks
2017-2018 23 Nov-18 Feb, Barcelona, Caixa Forum, Ancient Greeks
2018 20 Mar-24 Jun, Sevilla, Caixa Forum, Ancient Greeks
2018 24 Jul-4 Nov, Zaragoza, Caixa Forum, Ancient Greeks
2018-2019 18 Dec-31 Mar, Palma, Caixa Forum, Ancient Greeks
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- Greek and Roman
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