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Pottery: black-figured oinochoe. Trefoil mouth; handle ending in a cross-piece. Design black on a red panel, with pomegranate-borders down the side; accessories of white and purple.
Two craftsmen at a shaft-furnace: In the centre is the furnace, a high cylindrical structure with a pyramidal top rising in steps. On the left a nude bearded figure, seated on a stool to right, thrusts a lump of metal in at the open door in the bottom of the furnace, through which a blazing fire is visible; he holds it with tongs, and at his feet are two anvils; he wears a fillet and holds up left hand as if to screen himself from the fire. Behind the furnace part of the bellows is visible, and above the head of the figure a hammer and pair of tongs suspended. On the right is a similar figure standing to left, with a slight beard, left hand on hip, and in right a hammer; behind him is a hammer, and suspended above him a hammer and pair of tongs. Before and behind him are imitation inscriptions; above and in front of the other, an inscription.
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Height: 26.67 centimetres
- Curator's comments
For speculative thoughts on the inscriptions, based much on a sexual meaning of 'mys' = 'penis', C. Russenberger, Antike Kunst 60, 2017, 22-28.
BM Cat. Vases
Ber. d. Sachs. Gesellsch. 1867, pl. v. 2, p. 102; Blumner, Technologie, iv. p. 363; Welcker, Alte Denkm. iii. p. 523, pl. 36; Sitzungsb. Arch. Gesellsch. Berlin, May 1889, p.10; Daremberg and Saglio, pp. 784, 860; Wernicke, Lieblingsn. p. 24; Klein, Lieblingsinschr. p.39; C.I.Gr. 7418c; Arch. Zeit. 1847, p. 154.
For the lebes, see Blumner, op. cit. p. 331.
- On display (G69/dc27)
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- Greek and Roman
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