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Pottery: red-figured pelike.
(a) Dionysos and a Maenad. Dionysos (bearded, long hair with fillet, long Ionic chiton with mantle) stands on right, holding in right cantharos; his mouth is open as if he were speaking. Facing him is a Maenad dressed like Dionysos, her left resting on a thyrsos, and holding in her right an oinochoe (drawn in silhouette against her body).
(b) Bearded man holding staff and ephebos confronted. Both are draped, and wear a fillet.
Glaze throughout burnt bright red. Drawing careless. Purple fillet. Brown lower folds of chiton. Eye in transition type (profile with dotted circle for pupil). Below each side, a thin red line; above, an ivy wreath; on each side, a strip of net pattern, the whole forming a panel.
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Height: 21.59 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Attributed to Fikellura grave 116, based on evidence from Biliotti's Kamiros diary, Kamiros tomb list, British Museum register, departmental Kamiros index card. Description in Biliotti's Kamiros diary: Amphora olive colour four human figures red two holding sticks one a cantharus and the fourth nothing (1 entire). No marking of grave number visible on the object itself.
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/dc36)
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- Greek and Roman
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