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Pottery: red-figured pelike.
(a) Victors in ανλωδία (?). On a bema of two steps, with a Doric column between them, stand two figures wreathed with olive. The one on left, a bearded man wearing himation, plays on the flutes, and is inscribed KAΛH, καλή; on the other side of the column, confronting him, is a youth of shorter stature, whose mantle covers both arms, and whose head is thrown back, as if he were singing; from his mouth proceed three circular marks, as if notes of music. Above his head, KAΛΟΣ, καλός. On the right, standing on the ground, a judge (?), also wreathed, holding in right a long staff or wand. All three figures wear mantles.
(b) Ephebos in mantle and fillet, holding up in right a strigil, in left chelys with taenia attached, advances from left to a bearded man, draped and wreathed as in (a), who holds staff. Between the figures a small Spitz dog is seated, looking up to right; round his neck a decorated collar. Above the centre of the scene hangs a plectrum (?).
Drawing careless. Purple inscription, notes of music, and ends of taenia. Brown markings of dog. Eye in simple profile type, with eyelash. Below each side, a red band; above, a strip of laurel wreath; on each side, net pattern; the whole forming a panel.
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Height: 35.56 centimetres
- Curator's comments
BM Cat. Vases
Cf. for similar indication of the human voice, BM Vase Ε171.
For ανλωδία, cf. Reisch, Mus. Gr. Cert. pp. 19-21; C.I.A. ii, 2, 965, and decree from Oropos, Reisch, ibid, p. 19.
Attributed to Fikellura grave 34, based on evidence from Biliotti's marking on the object (grave number incised), Biliotti's Kamiros diary, Kamiros tomb list, British Museum register, departmental Kamiros index card. Description in Biliotti's Kamiros diary: We found in it amphora large size the lips of which have been a little broken on one side black varnish red figures representing on one side a man holding a stick in his hand, a woman a Lyra, and a dog seated between them, unluckily the heads are injuried (sic). On the reverse a musician playing on the double flute and the word ΚΑVA written near him, opposite an old man holding a stick in his hand and between them a young man, perhaps a pupil, learning music, opposite the mouth of whom there are three o representing perhaps the sound of his voice, and over his head is written the word KAVOΣ.
Attributions to find-spots are based on (1) Alfred Biliotti’s diary kept during excavations at Kamiros between November 1863 and June 1864, which records the contents of two votive deposits and over 300 graves; (2) entries in the Museum Register, often stipulating the find-spots of individual objects excavated by Biliotti; (3) the Kamiros tomb list, produced around the same time as his entries in the Museum Register. It lists the contents of each grave and votive deposit, along with their corresponding registration numbers; (4) the Kamiros index cards, written by Donald Bailey in the 1960’s. These mainly record the contents of graves from the Fikellura cemetery and are organised according to tomb group. All archives are kept in the Department of Greece and Rome. In addition, Reynold Higgins’ Catalogue of the Terracottas in the Department of Greek and Roman Antiquities (1954) has been checked for attributions to the Fikellura cemetery.
- On display (G20a/dc38)
- Exhibition history
1995, Lausanne, Olympic Museum, Olympism in Antiquity
- Slightly broken at lip; surface of b much worn.
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- Greek and Roman
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