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Pottery: black-figured lip cup. Purple and white accessories. On either side of the handles, palmettes.
Interior, in a medallion, with border of tongue-pattern: Iris, or Nike, flying to right, in archaic attitude, with long hair, diadem, necklace, long chiton schistos (chiton left open down one side for ease of movement) with purple spots, and wings outspread.
Exterior: (a) Above, Zeus, Poseidon, and Pluto: In the centre is Poseidon to left, bearded, with long hair curly in front, long chiton with purple spots, purple himation, in right hand his trident. Behind him is Zeus to left, bearded, with long hair curly in front, long purple chiton, himation, in right hand a thunder-bolt. In front of Poseidon is Pluto to right, looking back, as Poseidon, but in a plain chiton, with left hand extended, in the right a keras (?). On either side, facing the scene, is a winged horse, with wings recurved.
(b) On the right is a male figure (Dionysos or Pluto?) to left, bearded, in a long purple chiton with guilloche border, and embroidered himation, holding out a cantharos in right hand. Facing him is a female figure (Ariadne or Persephone?), with long hair, curls in front, diadem, long purple chiton with chevron border, and himation, in right hand a rhipis, or fan, and three ears of corn, in left hand a lotus-flower. Behind her is a male figure (Hermes Pyschopompos?), bearded, with long hair, petasos, short purple chiton with chevron border, and embroidered himation, endromides, and caduceus. Behind him is a female figure (Demeter ?) to right, with long hair, diadem, long striped chiton, and purple himation, left hand extended. Behind the male subject is a vine-branch hanging downwards, with clusters of grapes.
Below, on both sides, inscription.
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Diameter: 21.59 centimetres
Height: 12.70 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- BM Cat. Vases
Mus. Blac. pl. xix; Él. Cér. i. pl. 24, p. 43; Klein, Meistersig. p. 81; Overbeck, Kunstmyth. (Zeus), p. 28; Rev. Phil. ii. p. 506; Brunn, Künstlergesch. ii. p. 739; Panofka, Namen d. Vasenb. p. 39.
The interpretation of side B is unclear. The BM Cat. Vases favours a scene of Persephone and Pluto.
[Handwritten note in catalogue] An alien foot was removed sometime prior to 1950.
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