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hydria

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1867,0508.1048

  • Description

    Pottery: red-figured hydria.
    Gorgoneion within a circle, which has been incised in the moist clay and left red. Around this twenty-eight spiral-form snakes are drawn, half facing each way. The Gorgon has two protruding tusks above and below, and protruding tongue; the hair is in black silhouette, with the lower edge waved, and she wears circular earrings. The black of the hair is continued all round, forming a frame for the face.
    Severe style. Purple tongue, white teeth; brown for slight shading on the lips, for the interstices between the teeth, the wrinkles, the eyelashes, and a circle dividing the pupil of the eye from the outline of the eyeball.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 490BC (circa)
  • Production place

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 411 millimetres
    • Width: 395 millimetres
    • Depth: 320 millimetres
    • Weight: 3.5 kilograms (approx)
    • Height: 41.91 centimetres
    • Diameter: 15.24 centimetres (of tondo)
  • Curator's comments

    BM Cat. Vases

    Musée Blacas, pl. x, p. 31; Müller-Wieseler, Denkm. d. a. Kunst, ii, pl. 72, no. 906; Levezow, Gorgonen-Ideal, pl. ii, fig. 21, p. 189.

  • Bibliography

    • Vase E180 bibliographic details
    • CVA British Museum 5 III Ic Pl. 71, 4 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G69/dc31

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:

    1997 13 Oct-1998 5 Jan, India, New Delhi, National Museum, The Enduring Image
    1998 9 Feb-3 May, India, Mumbai, Sir Caswasjee Jahangir Hall, The Enduring Image
    2009 2 Apr-13 Oct, Alicante, The Body Beautiful in Ancient Greek Art and Thought
    2010 30 Apr-30 Aug, Seoul, National Museum of Korea, The Body Beautiful in Ancient Greek Art and Thought Exhibited:
    2009 2 Apr-13 Oct, Alicante, The Body Beautiful in Ancient Greek Art and Thought
    2010 30 Apr-30 Aug, Seoul, National Museum of Korea, The Body Beautiful in Ancient Greek Art and Thought 2010-2011 15 Oct-07 Feb, Taipei, The National Palace Museum, The Body Beautiful in Ancient Greek Art and Thought
    2010-2011, 11 Mar-12 Jun, Kobe City Museum, The Body Beautiful in Ancient Greek Art and Thought
    2011, 4 July-25 Sept, Tokyo, The National Museum of Western Art, The Body Beautiful in Ancient Greek Art and Thought
    2011-2012, 25 Oct-12 Feb, Mexico City, National Anthropological Museum, The Body Beautiful in Ancient Greek Art and Thought
    2012-2013 6 Oct-6 Jan, Portland Art Museum, The Body Beautiful in Ancient Greek Art and Thought
    2013, 6 May–6 Oct, Dallas Museum of Art, The Body Beautiful in Ancient Greek Art and Thought
    2014, 21 Feb-9 Jun, Fondation Pierre Gianadda, The Body Beautiful in Ancient Greek Art and Thought
    2014, 2 Aug–9 Nov, Bendigo Art Gallery, Victoria, Australia, The Body Beautiful in Greek Art and Thought
    2015, 26 Mar-5 Jul, The British Museum, Defining Beauty: the body in ancient Greek art

  • Condition

    The black glaze forming the surface of the hair has either accidentally cracked or been scored with a sharp point in such a way as to suggest the appearance of hair; the general direction is that of radiation from the common centre. These cracks do not occur on the black surface below the ears, but this may be a mere coincidence.

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1867

  • Department

    Greek & Roman Antiquities

  • Registration number

    1867,0508.1048

Pottery: red-figured hydria.   Gorgoneion within a circle, which has been incised in the moist clay and left red. Around this twenty-eight spiral-form snakes are drawn, half facing each way. The Gorgon has two protruding tusks above and below, and protruding tongue; the hair is in black silhouette, with the lower edge waved, and she wears circular earrings. The black of the hair is continued all round, forming a frame for the face.  Severe style. Purple tongue, white teeth; brown for slight shading on the lips, for the interstices between the teeth, the wrinkles, the eyelashes, and a circle dividing the pupil of the eye from the outline of the eyeball.

Pottery: red-figured hydria. Gorgoneion within a circle, which has been incised in the moist clay and left red. Around this twenty-eight spiral-form snakes are drawn, half facing each way. The Gorgon has two protruding tusks above and below, and protruding tongue; the hair is in black silhouette, with the lower edge waved, and she wears circular earrings. The black of the hair is continued all round, forming a frame for the face. Severe style. Purple tongue, white teeth; brown for slight shading on the lips, for the interstices between the teeth, the wrinkles, the eyelashes, and a circle dividing the pupil of the eye from the outline of the eyeball.

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