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Pottery sherd from Attic red-figured cup: reclining bearded figure playing the lyre. (One of three fragments, the others held in Oxford and Freiburg).
INTERIOR: (Oxford and Freiburg fragments) part of a head, feet of a figure to the right and end of a stick; large reserved exergue. Border: stopt maeander (five-stroke core, clockwise).
EXTERIOR: (London fragment) symposium. A bearded man with a thick red hair-band reclines to the left, holding a barbiton lyre (one arm and edge of the box preserved). His himation is shown bunched under his left arm, as he leans against a striped cushion. Draped knees, a touch of hair contour and red hair-band from a second figure appear on the right. Above, and between the two figures, hangs a food basket with red hooped ties above and triple tassels below. The Freiburg fragment adds more of the cushion and more of the draped legs of the symposiast to the right, as well as the line of the couch and a touch of the ground line. The Oxford fragment is from the other side and shows a chalice under the couch.
Relief line contour throughout (only inner hair contour); dilute glaze for minor interior markings; reserved line inside lip only.
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Length: 9.10 centimetres (max)
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- CVA British Museum 9
1952.12-2.11 is one of three fragments of the same case, the other two being held in Oxford (1927.4607) and Freiburg (S 181).
Bibliography: London fragment: ARV2 437, 124; Buitron-Oliver Douris no. 166. Oxford fragment: CVA. Oxford 2, pl. 57 nos. 16 and 27; ARV2, 535; ARV2 801, 22.
The London fragment was attributed to Douris by Beazley and listed between his middle (period 3) and late (period 4) works. Buitron-Oliver calls it Middle to Late Transitional. The Oxford fragment was described by Beazley in CVA Oxford 2, p. 111, as being from the 'Following of Douris: near the painter of Munich 2660.' In ARV and ARV2 he placed it in his list of unascribed pieces by followers of Douris. The association of the London fragment with that in Oxford is by Williams, the Freiburg part by Bothmer; the join is by Williams.
The scheme was clearly not as on Vase E49 with only one figure to a couch, but more like Florence V 48 (ARV2 432, 58, now attributed by J.R. Guy to his Painter of London Ε 55. Cf. also ARV2 438, 138 and 140) with two men on each couch. The chalice on the ground is a shape rarely found in pottery, except for the earlier Chiot series (see most recently A. Lemos, Archaic Pottery of Chios [Oxford 1991] 10-11 and 80-4): it should probably be thought of as being of metal.
The sickle form of the beard is rather unexpected in the work of Douris, as is the failure to use the double relief line contour for the hair. The form of the interior border, is to be found on some small, late cups by Douris himself (e.g. ARV2 444, 248), but on larger cups it appears more regularly among the works of the Oedipus Painter, both those attributed by Beazley and those added by Guy (for the Oedipus Painter see further Vase E56).
The provenance of the fragments is given by the Oxford part.
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