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Pottery: black figure alabastron. Design black on drab ground; below, a band of dots. An auletes (flute player) to right, with fillet, and chlamys over shoulders, playing the double flute. Before him is a male figure dancing to left, with chlamys over arms and staff in one hand with a double crook at the end; next to him is a beardless male to left, dancing, with chlamys on right arm, skyphos held out in right hand, and staff in left. Above is a wreath suspended.
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Height: 12.70 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Attributed to Fikellura grave 288, based on evidence from Biliotti's Kamiros diary, Kamiros tomb list, British Museum register, departmental Kamiros index card. Description in Biliotti's Kamiros diary: Alabastron (earthenware) three black human figures on yellowish ground (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.
- Not on display
- Mouth broken; design much worn away.
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- Greek and Roman
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