East Greek, possibly Chian, pottery dinos (reconstructed from numerous sherds and plaster); white slip; glaze fired orange brown; interior unslipped; exterior: on top of flat rim, zigzag pattern; around edge of rim, vertical strokes; on shoulder, band of long downward rays above bands covering rest of body; horizontal bands on double-reeded handles.
- Production date
- 620BC-600BC (circa)
Diameter: 36.50 centimetres (rim)
Height: 21.80 centimetres
- Curator's comments
Closer parallels are perhaps pieces from Assessos (Kalaitzoglou 2008, nos.543-4).
The vessel was presumably restored at the British Museum prior to being shipped to Boston.
The shape of the dinos and its handles are typically Chian, as is the use of white slip on the exterior but leaving the interior surface completely unslipped. The rim pattern decoration however, is not typical of the Chian style. Rays are common decorations on the cul of Wild Goat Style chalices as well as on the body of some chalices of the same period. For parallels, see Lemos no. 114 from Emporio. Concentric bands are common on the cul of chalices between circa 610-550BC. It is uncommon to see both motifs on the same vessel.
Contemporary with the Wild Goat Style, to which group most dinoi at Naukratis belong, are the patterned chalices. These patterned chalices evolved from the earlier proto-chalices which bore sub-geometric motifs that include zigzags and concentric lines but not downward rays. There is no reason to suggest that the dinos is as early as these proto-chalices but perhaps the painter of this dinos found influence in both Wild Goat Style and patterned decorations.
- Not on display
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: 88.1034 (Accession Number)
Miscellaneous number: P.6224 (Pottery & Porcelain Ledger No.)