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amphora

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1847,0909.7

  • Description

    Pottery: red-figured amphora, with twisted handles.
    (a) Mousaios, Terpsichore and Melousa. Terpsichore is seated in the centre on a chair to right, playing upon a harp (magadis), which she holds on her lap, bending over it, with her head in three-quarter face: she wears a long sleeved chiton, a mantle around her lap, and a curious stephane. Over her, her name, ΤΕΡΨΙΧΟΡΑ, Τερψίχορα. In front of her stands Mousaios, a youth in an himation, wreathed with laurel and holding in his left a chelys: he stands en face, but looks down at her, leaning against a long staff which has a shoot of laurel at the top and halfway up the stem. Over him, his name, MOYΣAIOΣ, Μουσαίος. On the left stands Melousa, in Doric chiton with apoptygma and saccos, who holds in her left a pair of flutes, of one of which she tries the mouthpiece with her right forefinger. Over her, ΜΕΛΕΛΟΣΑ, Μελ<ελ>ούσα. Above Terpsichore hangs a lyre of horse-shoe form.
    (b) A woman in long sleeved chiton, mantle and saccos, standing to left holding up her right hand, between two draped ephebi leaning on staves: the one on left wears a wreath.
    Large style. Purple inscriptions, berries of laurel, tuning-pegs of hanging lyre, and wreath in b. Brown inner markings and pupils of eyes. Articulation of sternum in parallel brown lines.

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  • Producer name

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 440BC (circa)
  • Production place

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 58.42 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    BM Cat. Vases

    Mon. dell' Inst, v, pl. 37; Ann. dell' Inst. 1852, p. 198; and xix, suppl. p. 352, note ; Bull. dell' Inst. 1845 p. 219; Welcker, Alte Denkm. iii, p. 462, pl. 31; Murray, Handbook of Gk. Arch. pl. vi, p. 102 (a); C.I.Gr. 8458, c.
    For the horse-shoe lyre, cf. BM Vase Ε185.
    Probably the reduplicated syllable ελ in the name Melousa is due merely to accidental dittography, cf. BM Vase Ε65. The name occurs as applied to Leto, Mon. dell' Inst, i, pl. 10, 2; as an Amazon, Stephani, C. R. 1866, pl. 6.

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  • Bibliography

    • Old Catalogue 1260 bibliographic details
    • Vase E271 bibliographic details
    • CVA British Museum 3 III Ic Pl. 11, 1 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G69/dc22

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1847

  • Department

    Greek & Roman Antiquities

  • Registration number

    1847,0909.7

Pottery: red-figured amphora showing a variety of musical instruments. Mousaios, holding a lyre, and Melousa (Melelosa in inscription) a pair of pipes, listen while Terpsichore plays the harp. In the background hangs a kithara.  Inscribed.

Pottery: red-figured amphora showing a variety of musical instruments. Mousaios, holding a lyre, and Melousa (Melelosa in inscription) a pair of pipes, listen while Terpsichore plays the harp. In the background hangs a kithara. Inscribed.

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