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Pottery: red-figured cup.
INTERIOR: naked woman at a basin. A naked woman, wearing a sakkos, a thigh band with a pendant and a twin disc earring, stoops over a large basin, her hand and wrists obscured by its rim. On the upper wall of the basin are faint traces of a nonsense inscription in dilute glaze (ΔΙΟΣI); on the lower wall are dilute glaze strokes for shading. The basin rests on a low fluted shaft with an ovolo-type moulding at the top. The curving of the flutes into the top of the base is greatly exaggerated. The base rests on a simple block, at the front of which is a vertical stone with a curved edge on the front of its upper edge.
Border: stopt maeander (five-stroke, clockwise), with the joint at one o'clock.
Relief line contour throughout; added red for inscription.
- Production date
- 480BC (circa)
Diameter: 22.86 centimetres
Height: 8.89 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- CVA British Museum 9
Bibliography: Notice d'une collection de vases peints tirés des fouilles faites en Étrurie par feu le Prince de Canino (Paris 1845) no. 116; VA no, 12; Hoppin i 102 no. 9; H.B. Walters, JHS 41 (1921) 124-5 fig. 5; AV 194, 4; ARV 268, 25; ARV2 409, 42; Ginouves Balaneutike 81 and 83.
Attributed by Beazley to his Briseis Painter. It is a slight, later work corresponding to the period of the Brygos Painter's later works.
The naked woman is presumably having a complete wash in the privacy of a house. She may or may not be a hetaira. For the type of basin see Ginouves Balaneutike 77-99; for women washing 163-174. Actual examples of such basins on fluted stands have been found both in sanctuaries and in domestic contexts (Ginouves Balaneutike 84-6). Ginouves (Balaneutike 83 n. 8) suggests that the vertical edging stone on the London cup may have served to collect spillage. It is found again in a scene of athletes washing on a kantharos with applied plastic masks painted by the Foundry Painter, now in the Getty Museum (85.AE.263
- On display (G20a/dc2)
- Made up from fragments: right handle missing and much of rim.
- Acquisition date
- Greek and Roman
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