- Museum number
Fragment of body of Clazomenian black-figure painted pottery broad amphora, joined to 1888,0208.114 to form single sherd. Circe, holding a vessel, Odysseus, and a companion who has been turned into a boar (forefoot, tail, perhaps penis). Purple for two stripes on dark area below panel. White for flesh of Circe and for stars on her skirt. Incision on white (of hand).
- Production date
- 550BC-500BC (possibly circa 530BC (S.Weber))
Height: 13.50 centimetres (max)
Width: 18 centimetres (max)
- Curator's comments
- Half-beast companions appear on Attic vases from the middle of the sixth century, but this is the earliest surviving representation of the attempt on Odysseus. The sherd 1952,0505.14 is probably from the same pot as the others, since the style is similar and the animal's tail suggests the same incident.
BMC B. 125.13. F. Dümmler, JdI 1895, 41 fig. 3 (an excellent drawing before the right-hand sherd had been added). E. Petersen, JdI 1897, 55-56 (identifying the subject).
BSA xlvii, 131-C II. 19.
BM Cat. Vases
This may represent Menelaos about to carry off Helena.
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Greek and Roman
- Registration number
- Joined objects
Associated Group: G16586 (3 objects)
Joined Object Group: G16585 (2 objects)