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Pottery: red-figured hydria (water-jar) showing courtesans and slave-women (?) celebrating the festival of the Adonia.
In the centre of the scene a ladder stands resting to the front, but in a slightly oblique direction to right: upon the third rung from the bottom a woman rests her foot as she descends, her body-bare to the waist, her hair passed through a beaded cap, and scatters something from her right hand into a two-handled kylix-shaped vase which a woman who has her hair plaited around her head holds up to her in both hands. On the right of the ladder a tall plant with trefoil berries springs from the ground; and beside this a woman, closely enveloped in a pink mantle which passes over her mouth, dances to right with head thrown back, to the music of Eros, a diminutive figure with knotted hair, earrings, and a mantle floating from his left arm, who floats to right above her, his wings spread on either side, playing on the flutes. On the right another woman, in a long chiton with apoptygma, wreathed, dances to right, looking back and playing on castanets. This figure is balanced on the opposite side by a woman closely draped, wearing a beaded fillet, who dances on tiptoe to the left, looking downward to right: beside her, on a higher level, a wreathed woman in long chiton and mantle, her hair knotted behind, stands to right playing on the flutes. In the top left hand corner a diminutive figure of Pan, bearded, with goat's legs and horns, dances on his right leg to right, with right hand on his hip and left, from which a nebris hangs, extended in surprise. All the women wear earrings and necklace of beads.
Fine style. Gilding on a raised surface has been used for the wings of Eros, the jewellery, perhaps the flutes and the horns of Pan: also the berries of the plant, the necklace around the neck of the vase, and the centre of the egg pattern around the lip. The wreaths are coloured vermilion on a raised ground. White with yellow details, on red ground, is used for the flesh of Eros and the three central women. The woman on left of ladder has a mantle partially coloured blue: the one on right has a mantle partly pink. The hair is drawn in minute wavy brown lines on a bright brown wash. Below and round lip, egg pattern. Beneath each side handle, a single palmette; at the back, an elaborate pattern composed of six palmettes.
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Height: 38 centimetres
Width: 29 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- BM Cat. Vases
Cf. Ann. dell’ Inst. 1877, p. 206, note 3.
For a similar subject on vases cf. BM Vase Ε721; Frohner, van Branteghem Coll. pll. 98-9; Jahn, Bemalte Vasen wit Goldschmuck, pl. 1, fig. 3; von Fritze, Die Rauchopfer bei den Gr. p. 18.
The incense and spices are dropped into the bowl for dedication to Aphrodite and Adonis.
- On display (G69/dc6)
- Exhibition history
2008-2009 13 Oct-11 Jan, Rome, Palazzo delle Esposizioni, The Etruscans in Latium
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