- Museum number
Pottery: red-figured lid from a lekanis.
Finest style. The design forms a broad frieze around the central handle. Purple fillets, inscriptions, wreaths. Round the handle, egg pattern; round the lips, sets of three maeanders alternate ways, separated by chequer squares.
Seven Muses. They fall into three groups, as follows:
(i) A Muse, whose name is broken away, seated to left in a chair, with her left arm resting on the back, her right on her lap; the upper part of her head is broken away; her chair and feet rest on a narrow plinth; and behind her is a square box. On the left Polyhymnia moves towards her, holding in both hands an object which is almost entirely broken away, but which is probably a scroll; on the right of this figure is her name, ΠΟΛΥ.ΝΙΑ, Πολυ[μ]νία. Behind the seated Muse, Cleio moves towards her, holding in her two hands a pair of flutes; the fingers of the right are placed on the keys of one flute; on the right of her, ΚΛΕΩ, Κλε(ι)ω. Behind this figure is
(ii) a group of two confronted: on the left Euterpe stands in three-quarter face to right, looking at Thaleia, who holds in each hand the end of a wreath; beside them their names, ΕΥΤΕΡΠΕ, Ευτέρπη, ΘΑΛΕΙΑ, Θαλεια.
(iii) Group of two figures: Erato, inscribed . . . ΤΩ, Έρά]τω, moving to right, turns to address Calliope, who stands to right, holding in both hands a square box. All the Muses except Thaleia have long Ionic chiton and mantle, and their hair is looped up behind with a fillet. Thaleia wears a Doric chiton with apoptygma, and has short cropped hair, as if she were a young girl.
- Production date
- 440BC (circa)
Diameter: 27.30 centimetres
Height: 7.60 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- BM Cat. Vases
Musée Blacas, pl. 4, p. 16.
- On display (G20a/dc4)
- Damaged by fire; the red is burnt (except in one fragment) to an ashy grey.
- Acquisition date
- Greek and Roman
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