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Pottery: red-figured kylix.
Interior: Within a border of running maeander, a bald-headed, bearded figure with fillet, and himation leaving right arm free, stands to right, resting right on crutch staff: at the back of his head his hair falls in long wavy tresses. On left, an ocladias on a plinth, half seen, with a rug laid upon it.
Exterior: (a) Symposion of Heracles and Dionysos. In the centre is a small rectangular plinth, on which are three cakes (?) like inverted phialæ, and three circular objects (apples?); beside this in the background the gods recline on striped cushions. On right Dionysos (wreathed with ivy, long hair) holding cantharos in right across his body; on left Heracles turning to right, conversing with Dionysos, holds in his left a fluted phiale: he seems to be asking Dionysos for the cantharos; his hair and beard are treated in short crisp curls, indicated in black dots on a brown wash, and he wears a fillet. Both have drapery around the loins, and the body covered with small dots, indicating hair. On right stands a satyr of diminutive size en face, in his right an oinochoe, his left placed on his right shoulder, with head resting on it. On left a satyr of natural size crawls up on hands and knees, and takes with his right a cake from the table. His body is finely drawn as seen nearly from the back, with the left leg bent in bold foreshortening. Both the satyrs are wreathed with ivy. In the background behind Heracles hangs his bow and quiver case.
(b) Dionysos as in a, reclining to left on two striped cushions, leaning his right on a knotted staff, holding in left a cantharos. In front of him two diminutive satyrs, the foremost of whom dances, while the other plays on the flutes: the upper part of this last figure, from the waist, has peeled off, but enough remains for identifying the action. On the left a lebes on tripod stand (upper part restored) and an oinochoe.
Purple is used for the wreaths of satyrs, and belt of quiver in a; inner markings in light brown throughout. Hair of satyrs in wavy strokes of brown. Eye of transitional forms. Beneath the handle on left of b a single palmette.
- Production date
- 470BC (circa)
Diameter: 21.59 centimetres
Height: 8.89 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- BM Cat. Vases
Murray, Designs from Greek Vases, no. 44; Hartwig, Meistersch. p. 443, note 1, refers this cup to the Meister mit der Kahlkopf; Furtwangler in Roscher, i, 2162 and 2217, and in Berlin. Phil. Woch. 1894, p. 145, refers it to Brygos; cf. Jahrbuch viii (1893), p. 167.
The form is similar to BM Vase Ε65.
For the satyrs on side a, cf. Roscher, loc. cit.: the different proportions of the satyrs are probably due merely to isocephalism – the manner in which heads are depicted at the same level regardless of their posture.
For the attitude of the dancing figure, cf. BM Vases Ε230, E570.
- On display (G20a/dc3)
- The lip above a fractured, and part of the head of Dionysos in a missing; the left side of b has been injured on the surface by fire.
- Acquisition date
- Greek and Roman
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