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Pottery: black-figured oinochoe (wine-jug). Design black on a red panel, with borders of dots above and down the sides; accessories of white and purple. Odysseus escaping from Polyphemos: On the right is the Cyclops leaning against the wall of his cave, the eyes drawn without pupils to indicate blindness, right leg drawn up, and right hand extended. Odysseus approaches from the entrance of the cave on the left, tied under the body of the ram; he is nude and bearded. In the background, a tree with fruit.
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Height: 19.05 centimetres
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See also: C. Haspels, Attic Red Figure lekythoi, p. 260, Athena Painter no. 126 (Paris 1936); J. Harrison, Myths of the Odyssey, pl. 6b, and in J.H.S. iv. p. 263; Schneider, Tro. Sagenkr. p. 60, n. 1.
Attributed to Fikellura grave 10, 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 with black figures covered with incrustations (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.
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