- Museum number
Reconstructed Chian Wild Goat Style pottery lekane decorated with female head protomes in relief; unevenly fired; white slip; triple-reeded handles partly glazed black and decorated with short strokes; handle roots flanked by veiled female head protomes, with back-to-back protomes on rim centrally between handles; on flat rim in the quaerters between handles and protomes, sections of maeander pattern or alternate black and white tongues; interior, from top: wide black band; maeander frieze; animal frieze (confronting sphinx and goose, both with added red on body; lion, goose and hound, to right; confronting grazing boar and hound; lion, to right; elaborate rosettes, dotted rosettes, pendant and rising triangles and roundels as filling ornament); maeander and square frieze; dot band; broad black band with added white dotted rosettes; in tondo, elaborate floral pattern; exterior: around edge of rim, band of short vertical strokes; grazing goat frieze between maeander bands (elaborate rosettes, swastikas, pendant and rising triangles and rosettes as filling ornament); wide black band on slightly flaring foot; inscription at top of interior.
- Production date
- 625BC-610BC (circa)
Diameter: 38.80 centimetres
Height: 17.70 centimetres
Weight: 2 kilograms
- Curator's comments
- An additional fragment, British Museum 1924,1201.418, that preserves the face of the sphinx was identified by Williams (2006, p. 128, figs 4-5) as joining. It is currently not incorporated in the reconstruction but has been added into photographs of the lekane as a photomontage.
The lekane is published and discussed by, among others: Ebert, J. 'Zur Inschrift auf einer Schale aus Naukratis Brit. Mus. 88. 6-1. 456', Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik 16, 1975, 234.
The lekane is the name vase of Lemos's Group of the Aphrodite Bowl (Lemos 1991, 73). Other vessels in this group include British Museum 1886,0401.1076 and 1888, 0601.473.c.
The painter of this bowl has also been called by Lemos as The Painter of the Aphrodite Bowl. Other vessels attributed to this painter are British Museum 1888,0601.460.k and London UCL 754.
- Bibliographic references
Gardner 1888 / Naukratis II (p. 40, pl. VI, pl. XXI, no. 701)
Möller 2000 / Naukratis, Trade in Archaic Greece (p. 249, no. 2b)
Bernand 1970 / Le Delta égyptien d'après les textes grecs, i: les confins libyques (p. 676, no. 355)
Williams 2006a / The Chian Pottery from Naukratis (p.128, fig. 5, p. 132 note. 25-6)
Lemos 1991 / Archaic Pottery of Chios. The Decorated Styles (p. 16, p. 73-4, p. 243, no. 252, pl. 24-7)
Walter-Karydi 1973 / Samische Gefässe des 6. Jahrhunderts vor Christi: Landschaftsstile ostgriechischer Gefässe (p. 138, no. 715, pl. 90)
Price 1924 / Pottery of Naukratis (p. 216-7)
Villing et al 2013-2015 / Naukratis: Greeks in Egypt (GD.2058) (phase 2)
Williams 1983 / Sophilos in the British Museum (p. 185 note 61)
- On display (G13/dc7)
- Exhibition history
2016 19 May-27 Nov, BM exhibition Sunken Treasures
2018 27 Mar-9 Sep, Los Angeles, Getty Centre, Egypt-Greece-Rome: Cultures in Contact
- Acquisition date
- Greek and Roman
- Registration number