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kylix

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1846,0512.2

  • Description

    Pottery: red-figured kylix. Outline of hair throughout exterior (b) incised.
    Interior: Within thin red circle, Persian archer (anaxyrides of skin, bow-case with wing-shaped cover at waist, kidaris (Scythian cap) with three flaps) walks to right, shooting an arrow: right arm very much out of drawing from attempted foreshortening. Around, inscription.
    Exterior: (a) Between two large eyes a Hoplitodromos (helmet, shield with device of beetle, greaves) running at full speed to left.
    (b) Four Athletes. On left a tall thin athlete extends both arms with a mocking gesture towards a very stout short companion who holds in left the thongs of a boxer: beside him, a stool on which a cloak is rolled up: next on right an acontistes (javelin thrower) hurling to right (but with head turned to left) a short rod with cord (αγκύλη) attached to forefinger: next a discobolos to left poising discus in both hands. Above, inscription.

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  • Producer name

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 510BC (circa)
  • Production place

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 138 millimetres
    • Diameter: 335 millimetres
    • Width: 420 millimetres (including handles)
    • Weight: 1074 grammes
    • Height: 13.97 centimetres
    • Diameter: 33.66 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Content

        Interior: Іσχυλος έποίησεν.
        Exterior (b): Φείδιππος έγραφε.
  • Curator's comments

    BM Cat. Vases

    Murray, Designs from Greek Vases, no. 3; Klein, Meistersig.2 p. 99; Corey, Amaz. Ant. Fig. p. 68; Hartwig, Meistersch. p. 46.
    Hartwig explains the attitude of the first athlete as that of a runner about to start.

  • Bibliography

    • Old Catalogue 841 bibliographic details
    • Vase E6 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G20a/dc1

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:

    1980 5 Jun-26 Oct, London, BM, The Ancient Olympic Games
    2008 1 May-12 Jul, Shanghai, The Ancient Olympic Games
    2008 2 Aug-31 Sep, Hong Kong, The Ancient Olympic Games
    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 Jul-25 Sep, 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, Australia, Bendigo Art Gallery, 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

    Badly shattered, but only two small pieces of lip missing.

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1846

  • Department

    Greek & Roman Antiquities

  • Registration number

    1846,0512.2

Pottery: red-figured cup. Interior: archer. Exterior: athletes; (between eyes) hoplitodromos.

Pottery: red-figured cup. Interior: archer. Exterior: athletes; (between eyes) hoplitodromos.

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