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Pottery: red-figured neck-amphora.
(a) Two Amazons. They move to left, one dressed in Scythian dress (jerkin and trousers with a central stripe), over which is short chiton and a cuirass; the cap has long flaps and a peak turned inwards; in her right she holds up a battle-axe (sagaris); in her left she carries a bow of unusual form, ready strung. She moves at a walking pace, looking round at her companion, who runs at speed, with right foot extended, off the ground. This figure carries spear sloped over right shoulder, and shield, and wears cuirass, short chiton, and helmet with raised cheek-pieces. The shield has for device a club (silhouette); near the lower edge it has attached to it by three rivets an apron of drapery, cut below in a fringe and painted with a large human (left) eye, drawn in archaic form. Between the figures, KAΛΛΙΔΕΣ, above, KAΛΟΣ, Καλλίδες καλός.
(b) Amazon charging. She is dressed as the archer in a, but carries couched spear and shield with device of a leaf (silhouette).
Drawing of good period, but a little careless. Purple inscriptions; light brown folds of chiton. Below the designs a continuous band, sets of three to five maeanders separated by red cross squares. In b a dent has been caused by the pressure of another vase, which has left traces of a band of maeanders. This probably happened when the vases were in the kiln.
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Height: 330 millimetres
Width: 200 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- BM Cat. Vases
Millingen, Anc. Uned. Mon. i, pl. 19; Inghirami, Vasi Fitt. ii, pl. 168; Panofka, Recherches sur les Noms des Vases, pl. 8, no. 4; see also his Eigenn. mit καλός, p. 82, note 203, and Mus. Bartold. p. 108; Welcker, Alte Denkm. ii, pl. 22, fig. I; Bull. dell' Inst. 1833, p. 150; Gerhard, Hyperbor.-Rom. Stud, i, p. 305; Wernicke, Lieblingsn. p. 70; Klein, Lieblingsinschr. p. 77; Ann. dell' Inst. 1867, p. 214; Corey, Amaz. Ant. Fig. p. 55; C.I.Gr. 7743, c; Hartwig, Meistersch. p. 214, note 1, traces the history of the type of subject in a.
Wernicke, loc. cit., reads the name on a as Kaλλίθε[ο]ς, a form unknown to Pape-Benseler. For the interchange of δ and Θ, cf. Meisterhans, Gramm. d. Att. Inschr.2 p. 80; and Kretschmer, Vaseninschr. p. 152.
- On display (G20a/dc48)
- Greater part of lip broken away.
- Acquisition notes
- Previously unregistered.
- Greek and Roman
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