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    Pottery: red-figured cup.
    INTERIOR: youth playing pipes. A youth moves to the right, bending forward as he plays a pair of pipes. He has a dotted chlamys with a black border draped over his left shoulder and a red band in his hair with three large blossoms at the front. On the right leans a knotty stick; from which hangs by a red tie a food basket with red tassels (much of the basket is missing together with the youth's left foot).
    Border: stopt maeander (four-stroke, anticlockwise).
    EXTERIOR: symposium.
    Side A (upper): symposiast, flute girl and komast. On the left a youth with a himation (black border) around his waist and legs reclines to the left on a couch with a backrest. He turns his head to the right and gestures with his right hand (the hand is missing), his left resting on the back of the flute girl in the centre. There is a red band with three large leaves at the front round his head. His cushion is a wineskin and a skyphos rests on the ground under his couch. A food basket with red ties hangs from a red tie up on the left, while a plain stick leans against the handle-root. In the centre stands a woman playing the pipes to the right. She is dressed in a chiton, shoes and a plain sakkos. On the right is a komast in an extraordinary pose. He is bent over and seen from behind so that, in extreme foreshortening, between his splayed legs appear his anus, his testicles and penis, and his belly, and to the left his shoulders and the back of his head. His left hand is on the ground, his right on his right buttock. He wears a pair of shoes and has a red band around his head with blossoms on either side. On the left a dotted chlamys with a black border, presumably his, is wrapped around a plain stick. A food basket with red tassels hangs from red ties up on the right.
    Side Β (lower): youth kneeling on a couch, youth dancing and youth playing the pipes. On the left a youth kneels on a couch with a backrest, as he wields a wineskin over his head. He has a red band in his hair with large leaves at the front. On the couch is his dotted himation (black border). Hanging up on the right is a food basket with red ties (most missing). In the centre dances a naked youth. He kicks up his right foot and swings his arms to keep his balance, his right behind him, his left above his head. He has a red band around his head with two large blossoms at the front. On the right hangs a spotted flute-case. On the far right a youth leans to the left on a knotty stick as he plays the pipes, a chlamys (black border) draped over his lower back and the crutch of the stick under his right armpit. He has a red hair-band with five large leaves at the front; a relief line indicates that his cheeks are puffed. On the extreme right a food basket with red tassels hangs from red ties.
    Ground line: two reserved lines.
    Relief contour throughout (except hair); dilute glaze for minor interior markings; thick reserved line inside lip, thin outside; added red for inscriptions.


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  • Date

    • 490BC-480BC
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  • Dimensions

    • Width: 31.4 centimetres
    • Diameter: 23.7 centimetres
    • Diameter: 13.4 centimetres (of tondo)
    • Diameter: 9.6 centimetres (of exterior ground line)
  • Inscriptions

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      • Inscription Content

        Interior: INSCRIPTION: HΟΠΑ[ΙΣ], ΔΕ[.]Ι (retr., perhaps nonsense)
        Exterior, upper: NAN, HHNONO (?) (nonsense)
        Exterior, lower: NNONN (nonsense)
        Under handle: KALOΣ
  • Curator's comments

    CVA British Museum 9

    Bibliography: AZ 1870, pl. 39 with p. 106; Murray DGV no. 49; Hartwig M 327 and 687 no. 19; Tonks Brygos 108 no. 16; VA 91; Hoppin i, 133 no. 65, AV 178 no. 26; ARV 248, 25, ARV2 372, 29; Wegner Brygosmaler 129-35, pls. 30 a (I), I (A-B) and 33 a (detail of A); Sweet Sport and Recreation 202 fig. 76 (B); Beazley Add2 225; D. Williams in New Perspectives 293 fig. 10 (A); D. Williams in Looking at Greek Vases 108 fig. 43 (A).

    Attributed by Hartwig to Brygos and given to the Brygos Painter by Beazley. It is an early work and should be compared with a number of other cups (e.g. ARV2 369, 6; 372, 34; 375, 70 (now Munich 8956); 376, 88; Getty 86.AE.287 [ex Bareiss 85; Para 367]; 390, 39 (CVA Amsterdam 1, pl. 31, 3); 402, 14 [NFA Classical Auctions, 11 December 1991 no. 82]; 405, lower i [Mannheim]) and the skyphos in Boston {ARV2 381, 173). These follow on from the Faina athlete cup (ARV 404, 9), probably the Brygos Painter's earliest surviving work, which may be closely compared with athlete cups by Onesimos (especially ARV2 322, 38).
    For the lone piper on the tondo see Beazley in C.B. 123 (on no. 24). For a recent discussion of the transition from symposion to komos see C. Bron in Copenhagen Colloquium 71-9. The fistfights and disorderly conduct that result from passing beyond Dionysos' recommended three kraters of wine (Euboulos apud Athenaeus ii 36b) at a symposium are sometimes shown, especially as it merges into an ensuing komos: Beazley Add2 393 (Karlsruhe 70/395); ARV2 325, 77. For wineskins as cushions see H. Moebius, AA 1964, 294-9; compare also the Brygos Painter's kantharos in New York (ARV2 382, 183), as well as some pieces by the Foundry Painter (ARV2 401, 11; 402, 12; 382, 184) and Onesimos (ARV2 326, 86 bis; 328, 121). For the motifs of the chlamys wrapped around a stick and the basket tied to a stick compare the Brygos Painter's cup in Orvieto (ARV2 372, 33). The motif of stick and chlamys also appears on Florence 3921 (ARV2 372, 31; cf. also on ARV2 413, 15 and Adria Β 7ii - CVA pl. 20, 6), while that of stick and basket might be compared with the tondo of a cup in Boston by Onesimos {ARV2 324, 65) and the stick and flute-case on the White/Levy cup by the Foundry Painter (Glories of the Past no. 119). For the kados under the handle see Beazley in C.B. ii 3 5: add Copenhagen inv. 3880 (ARV2 373, 36 with Para 372) and the White/Levy cup. For the back view of the head compare Vase E67 and the Mannheim cup (ARV2 405 middle); for the view of the anus compare a fragmentary cup in a Centre Island private collection attributed to Onesimos by Bothmer with a satyr, seen from behind, bending over at a well-head. On spectacular foreshortening in the Late Archaic period see in general Williams in New Perspectives 292-3 and in Looking at Greek Vases 108-9. The large leaves at the front of some of the hair-bands are not detailed enough for identification.


  • Bibliography

    • CVA British Museum 9 42 bibliographic details
    • Vase E71 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G20a/dc2

  • Exhibition history


    "Ingres et l'antique", Musee Ingres, Montauban, & Musee de l'Arles, Arles 15.6.06-8.1.07

  • Condition

    Made up from fragments; three rim fragments missing and one large area from right of tondo; foot missing (alien foot removed).

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  • Department

    Greek & Roman Antiquities

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Pottery: red-figured cup. Interior: youth playing pipes. Exterior: symposium. Foot now removed.

Pottery: red-figured cup. Interior: youth playing pipes. Exterior: symposium. Foot now removed.

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