- Museum number
Pottery: black-figured pelike. Designs in black on red panels, with borders of lotus-buds above; accessories of white and purple.
(a) Bearded figure to right, with fillet and drapery round loins gathered up in left hand, playing on the lyre with a plectrum, and singing, with head raised and lips parted. Behind him is a nude beardless figure with chlamys over left arm, holding out right hand to a dog, which stands to right looking back at him.
(b) Similar scene: A beardless figure as the last; behind him a nude beardless figure with fillet and chlamys over left arm, running to running and looking back.
- Production date
- 500BC (circa)
Height: 33.02 centimetres
- Curator's comments
BM Cat. Vases
For the figure singing, cf. Β 167.
Attributed to Fikellura grave 274, 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 black human figures on red ground seated female playing on a lyra. Behind her standing male. Reverse same subject with addition of dog standing between the two human figures (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
- Badly worn.
- Acquisition date
- Greek and Roman
- Registration number