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Pottery oinochoe with cable and floral patterns on the shoulder, Plain Body Group. Lip, round eyes and dot-rosettes in white. Neck, meander and square. Shoulder, tongues: four cable ornaments and three stalked rosettes between them. Belly undecorated except for short rays at base. On the three-reeded handle thin strokes. Purple on occasional tongues and occasional dots of rosettes, and (directly on the slip) for the spines of the cables.
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Height: 26.60 centimetres
Weight: 994 grammes
Width: 17.40 centimetres
- Curator's comments
See discussion of the Milesian Plain Body Group by Käufler, S. 2004, Die archaischen Kannen von Milet, Ph D Ruhr-Universität Bochum, 131-137.
Cook in CVA British Museum 8 assesses the vessel as follows: "Close to the Wild Goat Style: compare particularly the cable pattern, unusually elaborate for Fikellura, with that on a cup probably in Istanbul (K. F. Kinch, Fouilles de Vroulia, pl. 18. 2a) and more generally with the typical double cable of the late seventh century (e.g. BSA xxxiv, pl. 18). This oinochoe appears from its style to be the earliest extant specimen of a largish group, which may extend over much of the first half of the sixth century."
He lists the vessel as coming from Biliotti's excavation at Papatislures, Camirus— grave P. 11: "This grave also contained a Corinthian kotyle not later than about 600 B.C. (B.M. 64.10-7.1427: similar to Corinth vii. 1, no. 249); an unpainted jug with incised 'herring-bone' pattern on the shoulder (B.M. 64.10-7.1799: ht. 2⅜ inches); 'five electrum rosettes'; 'an electrum band'. Nearby were found a Late Wild Goat Style dish with a narrow zone of birds, which is dated late in the first quarter of the sixth century (B.M. 64.10-7.131); an alabaster alabastron (B.M. 64.10-7. 1147); a 'cotuliskos'; 'fragments of red pithoi'; 'fragments of red pithoi, incised'; 'fragments of bronze shield (?)'; 'fragments of cheek-piece'; 'fragments of iron'."
However, the findspot listed by Cook in all likelihood is incorrect. While a paper label stuck to the base of the vessel ("P11") suggests that the vessel comes from Papatislures cemetery tomb 11, an incision on the base "XP16" seems to indicate tomb 16 as the findspot. Biliotti's diaries confirm an attribution of this vessel to tomb 16. Biliotti's diary of 10 March 1864 does not record any oinochoe among the finds made in P11, it merely lists a plain pithos, 5 electrum rosettes, 1 electrum frontal band, 1 aryballos of unglazed red ware with incised patterns, 1 kothon, decayed, painted with small hares in black, nearby many bronze fragments, perhaps from a shield with a few incised pattens, a bronze genouillere and several pieces of rusty iron, beside the entraces fragments of eight amphorae of unglazed red ware, four of which had no neck but thick handles raised above the mouth, and in the centre of the chamber fragments of another pithos as well as a pinax with yellowish ground and a row of birds in borwn colour, 1 alabastron and 1 decayed kotoliskos. By contrast, the diary entry of 23 March 1864 records among the finds in tomb 16 1 archaic oinochoe, 1 alabastron, 1 alabastron with globular body, 1 large aryballos with black and crimson ornament on cream colour ground, 2 kotoliski, with brown ornaments - shells, 1 small black glaze oinochoe, 1 aryballos with black ornaments on cream colour ground, and 1 bottle, enamelled with black bands on blue ground.
Attributed to Papatislures grave 16 based on evidence from Biliotti's marking on the object (grave number incised), Biliotti's Kamiros diary. Description in Biliotti's Kamiros diary: Oinochoe archaic (1 entire).
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 (G13/dc6)
- Exhibition history
2014-2015, 13 Nov-13 Feb, Paris, Musee du Louvre, Rhodos: a Gate from and to the Eastern Mediterranean
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