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Pottery: red-figured cup decorated on the interior with an erotic scene; foot removed.
INTERIOR: Love-making. A naked woman lies face down on a bench or couch, her left arm curled round her head as it rests on a folded cushion (black stripes and dilute glaze lines). Her hair is tied up behind in a krobylos with a red band. A man kneels between her legs behind her. She grips his erect penis with her right hand. The fingers of his right hand are spread; his left hand is on the far side of her torso. His beard is characterised by the use of dilute glaze as thin or greying; there are two dilute glaze creases on his brow and a dilute glaze line marking the edge of his cheek bone. He has a red garland on his head. Above on the right is a food-basket (red ties above).
Border: continuous maeander (anticlockwise, four-stroke core).
Hair contours incised around added relief dots; all other contours done with relief line; dilute glaze for minor interior markings; added red for inscriptions.
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Diameter: 15.60 centimetres (of tondo)
Diameter: 22.70 centimetres
Width: 30 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- CVA British Museum 9
Bibliography: Mus. Etrusque no. 1510; LJ.J. Dubois, Galerie Pourtalès (sale, Paris 1865) no. 393; Hartwig Μ 109-11, 684 no. 14; Hoppin i 409 no. 26; AV 166 no. 4;ARV 21 no. 1; ARV2 315 no. 2; Boardman ARFV Archaic fig. 219 (Beazley's drawing); Keuls Phallus 178 fig. 158; Peschel Hetäre fig. 88; Beazley Add2 115.
Hartwig, followed by Hoppin, attributed this cup to Euphronios. Beazley placed it, along with a fragment in Herbert Cahn's collection in Basel (101: ARV2 315 no. 2), near his Eleusis Painter. The London piece, however, is superior to the Cahn fragment and clearly by a different hand. Indeed, to the same painter as the London cup may be attributed the following pieces:
a. Athens, Kerameikos fragment: Para 358 (Ρ-Ρ Grp.).
b. Manila, Zobel de Ayala fragment: ARV2 315 no. 5 (Eleusis Ptr.).
c. Basel, Cahn 423 fr. (ex Langlotz): ARV2 315 no. 7 (Eleusis Ptr.).
d. Boston 10.196: AR V2 315 no. 6 (Eleusis Ptr.).
e. Munich 8703 fragments: ARV2 1582 no. 1 (Hektor kalos).
f. Wiirzburg Η 5344 fragments: CVA 2, pl. 37, 1-2.
This artist, who belongs to the general sphere of the Proto-Panaetian Group, might be dubbed the Painter of London Ε 816 after the London love-making cup.
For possible interpretations of some scenes of symplegma see most recently Keuls Phallus 153-86. For Leagros kalos see on 2 (E 46).
- On display (G20a/dc2)
- Made up from fragments; foot missing (keyed for alien foot, now removed); two rim fragments, one major wall fragment and other chips missing.
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- Greek and Roman
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- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: W46 (Museum Secretum)
Miscellaneous number: Witt.46 (Witt Collection Number)