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Pottery: red-figured cup.
INTERIOR: boy with hare. A boy with a himation over his right shoulder and over his left forearm moves to the right. He looks back to the left and holds a hare by its ears in his right hand. The boy has a red fillet in his hair and the hare's skin is done with dilute glaze strokes. Border: complex running maeander (five-stroke, anticlockwise); odd man at 6 o'clock.
Side A (lower): three youths, one playing the pipes. On the left a youth leans on a knotty stick to the right. He is clad in himation and has a red fillet in his hair. The stick supports him under his left armpit; his left arm is wrapped round the front of his body and he gestures with his right hand. In the centre a youth sits on a klismos and plays a pair of pipes. He wears a himation and has a red fillet in his hair; a relief line under his nose indicates that his lips are pursed. In front of him hangs a flute-case with red tassels. On the far right is a youth in three-quarter back view leaning on a stick. He wears a himation and has a red fillet in his hair.
Side Β (upper): three youths, one holding a wreath. On the left stands a youth with a red fillet in his hair and a himation. He leans on a stick and holds out a purse in his left hand, his right hand no doubt resting on his hip under the drapery. In front of him hangs a flute-case with red ties. In the centre sits a youth on a plain block topped by a cushion decorated with pairs of stripes flanking a zigzag line, holding out a red wreath with both hands. He wears a himation and has a red fillet around his hair. On the far right a youth in a himation and with a red fillet in his hair stoops to the left, his left hand on the top of a stick. He holds a flower up to his nose in his right hand.
Ground line: single reserved line.
Relief line contour throughout (except hair); dilute glaze for minor interior markings; reserved line inside and outside lip.
- Production date
- 480BC (circa)
Diameter: 8.80 centimetres (of exterior ground line)
Diameter: 8.80 centimetres (of foot)
Diameter: 11.60 centimetres (of tondo)
Diameter: 23 centimetres
Height: 8.60 centimetres
Width: 29.40 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- CVA British Museum 9
Bibliography: Murray DGV no. 38 (I); VA 105 no. 86; Hoppin ii 99 no. 64; AV 219, 119; ARV 512, 190; Bloesch FAS 95, 40; ARV2 475, 266; Nachbaur Makron 94-5, 102-3, 168 (cat. Μ 47).
Placed by Murray in the style of Douris and more tentatively so by Smith ('later style of Duris'). Attributed by Beazley to Makron. Placed by Nachbaur in her early to middle phase (?490-480 BC); C. Isler-Kerenyi (AntK 27  156-9) seems to place it c. 480-475 BC. A plain, later work with many comparable pieces in Beazley's list (e.g. ARV2 466, 107; 475, 260-2, 265, 267-9; cf. also Beazley's comment in C.B. iii 41 on no. 143). Bloesch has attributed the potting to Hieron.
For purses and hares see Koch-Harnack passim; Reinsberg EHK passim. For similar conversation scenes with music, compare the outside of a cup now in the Louvre (ARV2 475, 261: M. Denoyelle, RLouvre 5/6  13-20).
- On display (G20a/dc2)
- Made up from fragments: remains of six pairs of large repair holes (5 on body, 1 on foot); three small rim fragments missing; some filing of black-glazed surface near joins.
- Acquisition date
- Greek and Roman
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