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Pottery: red-figured nestoris (wine jar) with two zones of figured decoration.
Designs red on black ground, with white accessories. Inside the lip, ivy-wreath (black on red); outside, laurel-wreath. Above, two panels with egg-moulding above and chevrons and rings down the sides; below, double palmettes alternating with concentric circles. Below all round, maeander and crosses. The lower handles end in tongue-patterns, the others in cross-pieces, and on the tops are moulded pomegranates (?).
Above (a): Actaeon devoured by his hounds: In the centre is Actaeon kneeling with left knee on a rock and face to front, looking down at the hounds which are attacking him. He is beardless, and has long dishevelled hair chlamys with engrailed border fastened with a fibula in front, in which his left hand is muffled, endromides, sword brandished in right hand behind his head, stag's ears and horns are growing out of his forehead. He is seized by two hounds on his right and one on his left; blood flows from wounds in each thigh and in right breast. On the right are two more hounds, one standing to left and one leaping in the air; behind them, a tree-stump, round which is ivy, and another hound seated to left, above which is seen the forepart of a hound leaping forward. On the left is Artemis to right with hair in a top-knot under an embroidered open cap, necklace, short chiton, over which is a fawn-skin, girdle, and endromides, spear in left hand, right extended as if urging on the hounds, another of which is at her side; before her are traces of the letters AP..... In the field are numerous plants and flowers; the ground is rocky.
(b) Departure of a warrior: In the centre is a youthful warrior seated on rocks to right, with curly hair, pilos with high crest, bordered chlamys fastened with a fibula, endromides, and spear in right hand. Facing him is a beardless warrior with petasos slung at back, bordered chlamys fastened with a fibula, sandals, and spear in left hand, holding out a sheathed sword in right. Behind him is Actaeon (?), reclining on a rock to left, with left elbow resting on a stele; he is beardless, with long hair, and wears double fillet, bordered chlamys fastened with a fibula, and sandals. His right hand is thrown back behind his head, and at his right side is a dog, wearing a collar, which fawns upon him; above him hangs a pilos. On the left of the composition is a youth half-turned to right, as if about to depart; he wears a fillet, bordered chlamys fastened with a fibula, and endromides; in right hand he holds two spears, and with left he supports his shield. Facing him is a female figure with hair gathered under a close cap, earrings, necklace, bracelets, long chiton with a stripe down the side, and bordered himation over left shoulder, in left hand a phiale containing fruit, in right she holds up a mirror.
Below, a continuous frieze of figures, all running except the last two. On the reverse are five to right: The first is a female figure, with hair in a knot, embroidered open cap, necklace, bracelets, long girt chiton with double stripe down the side, sandals, in right hand a situla inlaid with a floral pattern, in left a flat basket. Next is Eros looking back at her, with right hand extended, and a dish of fruit in left, wings spread (black and white markings). Next, a female figure, as the first, with an embroidered taenia in right hand, and a cottabos-stand in left. Next is Nike, as the first, with wings as Eros, holding out a wreath in right hand, and phiale in left; under the handle, a youth with curls, fillet, chlamys over his arms, situla in left hand round which is an ivy-wreath, and right hand extended. On the obverse are five
figures to left: First, a female figure as before, with hair in a knot, beaded open cap, and bordered himation over her arms, looking back and holding out a wreath in right hand and a phiale with fruit in left. Next is a youth as the last one, with sandals, staff in left hand, right extended to the last figure. Next is a female figure with close embroidered cap, sphendone with maeander, necklace, bracelet on right arm, long girt chiton, and bordered himation round lower limbs, holding out a mirror in right hand, the left being muffled in drapery. Next stands a youth with curls, fillet, bordered himation over left shoulder, sandals, right hand extended; under the handle is a female figure as the first one, holding out himation over both arms.
- Production date
- 390BC-380BC (circa)
Diameter: 27.94 centimetres
Height: 60.96 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- BM Cat. Vases
Cab. Pourtales, pl. 21; Laborde, Collection Lamberg, ii. p. 37, Vignette xi; El. Cer. ii. pl. 103.
For the subject od side a, cf. BM Vase F479; Athens Museum, Nos. 488 and 489, with black figures; Roscher, i. p. 214; El. Cer. ii. pls. 99-103 B; Müller-Wieseler, Denkm. d. a. Kunst, ii. 17, 183-187; Bonner Studien, p. 179 ff.; Müller, Handbuch der Kunst, § 365, 5; Pauly-Wissowa, Realencycl. p. 1211 (art. Aktaion); Bolte, de monum. ad Odyss. pert. p. 44; Ann. Dell’ Inst. 1882, p. 290.
- On display (G73/dc66)
- Slightly repaired.
- Acquisition date
- Greek and Roman
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