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Pottery: red-figured amphora type B.
(a) Dionysos between two bearded satyrs. Dionysos, bearded, long wavy hair wreathed with ivy, long sleeved chiton, mantle, panther's skin knotted by fore paws on his chest, holding a cantharos (silhouette against his body) in right, and in his left a vine, which spreads over the design, moves to right, looking back; on each side a symmetrical figure of a wreathed bearded satyr moves towards him with an askos over the near shoulder, looking down and raising one hand in surprise; the one on the left is bald over the forehead and ithyphallic. Beside the right hand one is inscribed KAΛΟΣ, καλός.
(b) Erastae and Eromenos (?). Three ephebi, draped in himatia, and leaning forward on their staves, converse with a boy, also in an himation and wreathed, who stands to left, facing the central ephebos; this figure and the boy hold up their right hands; the one on the left holds towards his face a flower; the one on right holds over the boy's head with both hands a circlet. On the left of the left hand figure is inscribed, Άντιμένων. On the left of the central ephebos, Θρασυκλείδης; and of the boy, Διογένης. Above the head of the right hand figure, KAΛΟΣ, καλός. The wreaths of the two on right are of olive, those of the other two are ivy. The hand of the boy beneath his mantle is drawn in spiral form. On the bottom of the foot an incised character, A, and painted characters ΟΣ.
Severe style. Purple inscriptions, leaves of vine, wreaths, and flowers. Brown inner markings and hair on cheek. Eye in archaic type. The bunches of grapes in a are indicated merely by incised outlines. Characteristic is the form of skull, with very high cranium. The drapery is arranged in groups of four folds; the upper part of the chiton of Dionysos has no folds, except a slight indication in brown on the left sleeve. The designs are enclosed in panels, formed below by a continuous double purple line: above, a band of chained palmettes, and at sides, net pattern, both in black on red. On each side of the neck, a double purple line. Around the bottom of the body, a band of rays, black on red, surmounted by a purple line.
- Production date
- 480BC (circa)
Height: 55.88 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- BM Cat. Vases
Magnoncour, no. 66; Gerhard, A. V. iv, pl. 273, p. 47; Rapp. Volc. no. 742e; Gazette Arch, i, pll. 3-4, p. 13; Wernicke, Lieblingsn. p. 62, no. 3; Klein, Lieblingsinschr. p. 54, no. 3; Hartwig, Meistersch. p. 385, assigns it to the painter known by the kalos name Diogenes; C.I.Gr. 7475 b.
For the ear in spiral form, cf. BM Vase Ε254.
- On display (G20a/dc6)
- Acquisition date
- Greek and Roman
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