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kylix

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1886,0401.1063

  • Description

    Laconian black-figured pottery kylix (reconstructed from numerous fragments and added plaster): traces of dull cream slip; interior: black band at lip; on lip, pomegranate frieze above lotus bud and flower frieze; on bowl, black-figure decoration consisting of female figure, possibly Cyrene or Artemis Orthia (only traces of her dress remain), to right, holding a branch and pomegranates or apples; around the figure, parts of four harpies or boreads, to right and parts of three harpies or boreads, to left (all with details in added red); three birds with details in red as filling ornament; exterior: rim reserved except for lines top and bottom; handles painted black with incised handle palmettes on either side; lotus flower and bud frieze between handles; on wall below, black-figure decoration: side A, lotus and pattern between confronting cocks; below handles, horned birds with spread wings and decorative elements in red; side B, part of seated sphinx; spoked rosettes and other incised floral patterns as filling ornament; below, wide black band above frieze of thin rays rising projecting from lost stemmed foot.

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  • Producer name

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 570BC-560BC (circa)
  • Production place

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 8.8 centimetres
    • Diameter: 27 centimetres
    • Thickness: 0.4 centimetres
    • Height: 15.24 centimetres
    • Diameter: 26.67 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    The cup is the name-piece of the Naukratis Painter. Two further cups with the same iconography and by the same painter are known from the Samian Heraion, see Thomsen, A., Die Wirkung der Götter, Berlin and Boston 2011, 117, 121, figs 52-3, fig. 425, no. L13.

    The image of a 'great goddess' surrounded by winged beings is also found in 6th century BC Milesian Fikellura pottery (e.g. on an oinochoe from the sanctuary of Aphrodite Oikous in Miletus).

    Thomsen considers it possible that the plant the figure is holding might be silphion, but argues against identifying the figural type too precisely with a specific deity.

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  • Bibliography

    • Vase B4 bibliographic details
    • Villing et al 2013-2015 GC.31 (Phase 1) bibliographic details
    • Lane 1933-1934 p. 139, no. 1 (bottom of page) bibliographic details
    • Petrie 1886 p. 18, L.3, pl. VII, no. 11 (part of rim), pls VIII-IX bibliographic details
    • Stibbe 1972 p. 211, no. 23 bibliographic details
    • Möller 2000 p. 239, no. 3 bibliographic details
    • Shefton 1954 p. 303, no. 3 bibliographic details
    • Venit 1985 p. 395, no. 3 bibliographic details
    • Pipili 1987 p. 41-2, p. 114, no. 101 bibliographic details
    • Gardner 1888 p. 43 bibliographic details
    • Venit 1982 p. 548, no. E4 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1886

  • Acquisition notes

    Excavated 1884-1885.

  • Department

    Greek & Roman Antiquities

  • Registration number

    1886,0401.1063

Pottery: black figure bowl with two handles: interior: Cyrene (mostly missing) holding a branch and pomegranates or apples, surrounded by four Harpies (?) and three Boreads (?); in the field are three birds; surrounded by a border of lotus buds and pomegranates. Exterior: a) two cocks confronted with a palmette and lotus pattern between; b) two seated sphinxes (one missing). Under each handle is a a bird; in the field are rosettes and leaves.

Pottery: black figure bowl with two handles: interior: Cyrene (mostly missing) holding a branch and pomegranates or apples, surrounded by four Harpies (?) and three Boreads (?); in the field are three birds; surrounded by a border of lotus buds and pomegranates. Exterior: a) two cocks confronted with a palmette and lotus pattern between; b) two seated sphinxes (one missing). Under each handle is a a bird; in the field are rosettes and leaves.

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