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Pottery: black-figured hydria. Design in black on a red panel, with a border of lotus-buds above and pomegranates down the sides; accessories of white and purple. No marked distinction in shape between neck, shoulder, and body.
In the centre is Apollo Citharoedos to right, beardless, with long hair wreathed with laurel, long chiton and himation with purple spots, playing on the lyre with a plectrum fastened to it by a taenia. On either side, turned towards him are two pairs of Maenads (or Muses?) with long hair, ivy-wreaths, long chitons and diploidia with white and purple spots, each holding crotala in either hand. By the side of the pair on the right is a hind to left looking back. In the field, branches.
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Height: 37.45 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Attributed to Fikellura grave 93, based on evidence from Biliotti's marking on the object (grave number in pencil and on label), Biliotti's Kamiros diary, Kamiros tomb list, British Museum register, departmental Kamiros index card. Description in Biliotti's Kamiros diary: Calpis large five human figures, accessories white and crimson. The figure in the middle playing the lyra and near it a black deer (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.
- Not on display
- Foot broken off and anciently repaired; piece also broken out of lip.
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- Greek and Roman
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