Body sherd of Clazomenian black-figured pottery dinos; exterior, white slip: from top, black-figure decoration consisting of uncertain motif (muzzle of goat?); wide black band; ridden horse to left (head and neck of horse remaining, with added white dots on bridle and on mane; of rider, head remaining).
- Production date
- 560BC-550BC (circa)
Height: 4 centimetres
Thickness: 0.80 centimetres
Width: 8.50 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- According to Cook, the sherd belongs to the same vase as Cambridge Fitzwilliam GR.54a.1899, GR.54b.1899, GR.54c.1899, GR.54d.1899, GR.54e.1899 and GR.54.f.1899. This is unlikely because there are stylistic differences (mane and bridle) between this dinos and the Cambridge dinos.
Cook also suggests that this sherd belongs to an early and experimental phase of the Clazomenian black figure style.
E.R. Price (East Greek Pottery, 1927, 22) argued that white slip Clazomenian pottery was the link between the Clazomenian sarcophagi, which were covered in a white slip, and the later Clazomenian black figure wares. She explained that the features (the use of white dots as well as the use of white lines together with incised lines for inner details) on the white slip sherds are paralleled either the sarcophagi or the later vases.
Cook (1952 note 64) rejected that argument on the basis of both dating and styles. The sherds listed by Price in her argument and tentatively identified by Cook as British Museum 1888,0601.575 and possibly Oxford AN1896-1908-G.130.10. A third sherd was mentioned by Price and described as having a cock as decoration. Cook subsequently incorrectly identified the sherd as 1886,0401.1197 which is an Attic black-figured column-krater. His CVA reference is also incorrect because CVA British Museum VIII, pl. 589, no. 9 discusses a Milesian Fikellura amphora. This sherd first mentioned by Price is most likely British Museum 1886,0401.1147 which is a North Ionian black-figured stand with the tail feathers of two cocks.
In all three cases, the styles are different, the dates do not match and 1888,0601.575 and 1886,0401.1147 are North Ionian without specification.
- Not on display
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: JE46338
Miscellaneous number: SR5/1653