- Museum number
Clay: orange-brown clay, white grits, dark brown paint.
Shape: very short oblique lip, shallow hemispherical body, broad flat base; strap high-swung handles.
Decoration: Groups of bars inside rim. (A) man attacking a bristly boar with spear, supported by two dogs; at left extremity, behind a large hatched double axe, a hare leaping upwards; in the field, pendent and standing hatched and latticed triangles, stacked chevrons, dot flower at extreme left. (B) in two metopes, confronting warriors armed with sword; to left, touching sword and vertical spear, baldric showing; to right, both hands on sword, standing between two vertical spears. In the field, latticed triangles, dot rosettes, dot flowers, and vertical dash surrounded by dots. As intervening ‘triglyphs’, central column of inverted double chevron; near handles, columns of vertical zigzag with bars on the apices. Lines and solid paint below. Handles: thick vertical wavy line, paint at edges.
- Production date
- 700BC (circa)
Diameter: 15.50 centimetres (of rim)
Height: 13.70 centimetres
Weight: 389 grammes
Width: 21.70 centimetres
- Curator's comments
This vessel, and a contemporary Boeotian kantharos in Bonn, portray the only known representations of the wild boar in Geometric art. Since the hunters on the Bonn kantharos (Hampe, 24, V 23, pl. 25) wield axes as their weapons, the large double axe in the field of side (A) may be relevant to the hunt scene here. Typically Boeotian are the latticed triangles floating in the field.
Bibliography: Hampe, pl. 29a; F. Canciani, JdI 80 (1965), 43, no. 15, figs. 3-4; GGP 205, no. 6, pl. 44b; Ruckert, 107, Ka 25, pl. 26.4, with further references.
- On display (G13/dc1)
- Exhibition history
1977 London, BM, Animals in Art
- Complete, mended.
- Acquisition date
- Greek and Roman
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