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Pottery: black-figured oinochoe. Trefoil mouth. Design black on white ground. Consecration of the statue of a victorious athlete (?): On the right is the statue of a warrior/athlete to left, armed with high-crested helmet, greaves, and shield, right arm extended; the statue stands on a plinth. Before it is a priest (?), bearded, with a large wreath on his head and himation over left shoulder, in left hand a purificatory branch.
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Height: 22.10 centimetres
Width: 12.60 centimetres
Depth: 12.80 centimetres
- Curator's comments
BM Cat. Vases
Athen. Mittheil. v. (1880), pl. 13, p. 380; Jahrbuch, ii. (1887), p. 100.
The manner in which the warrior is armed seems to indicate that he is a winner in the hoplites' foot-race, which in the fifth century was always run with helmet, greaves, and shield; cf. BM Vase Β143, and the statue of Epicharinos erected on the Acropolis by Critios and Nesiotes (Paus. i. 23, 9, C.I.A. i. 376).
Attributed to Fikellura grave 164, 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: Oinochoe small covered with incrustations through which are visible black figures on yellowish ground (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
- Exhibition history
2017 13 Jul-15 Oct, Madrid, Caixa Forum, Ancient Greeks
2017-2018 23 Nov-18 Feb, Barcelona, Caixa Forum, Ancient Greeks
2018 20 Mar-24 Jun, Sevilla, Caixa Forum, Ancient Greeks
2018 24 Jul-4 Nov, Zaragoza, Caixa Forum, Ancient Greeks
2018-2019 18 Dec-31 Mar, Palma, Caixa Forum, Ancient Greeks
2021 19 Jun-7 Nov, Australia, Perth, Western Australian Museum, Ancient Greeks
- A piece broken out.
- Acquisition date
- Greek and Roman
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