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skyphos

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1856,1213.2

  • Description

    Pottery: red-figured skyphos.
    (a) On right Dionysos (bearded, wreathed with ivy, long hair, long chiton with sleeves, himation fastened across body on right shoulder) strides at speed to right, looking back with extended arms; from left hand hangs by one handle a cantharos; in right he holds up a branching vine with leaves and grapes spreading over the field, towards a satyr following him. This figure is in the background beside an ithyphallic ass, which raises its head with open jaws, as if braying: the head and shoulders of the satyr are missing, and no tail is shown; but he holds forward with left hand an askos, placing his right on the right flank of the ass. On right, written in two lines obliquely, an inscription.
    (b) A bearded satyr (wreathed with ivy, hair in long wavy locks) strides to right, looking downwards, holding in each hand a thyrsos, between two ithyphallic (?) braying asses, the foremost of which he guides with the thyrsos in his left hand. The lower part of the body of this ass, and his two fore legs, are missing. The other ass has the usual cross mark on the saddle, the part showing down the shoulder being indicated in black: probably the other asses have had this also. Over the asses, an inscription.
    Drawing spirited: extremities small: drapery mannered. Purple is used for inscriptions, wreaths, and vine leaves. The bunches of grapes are in a separate brown body colour. Inner markings very full throughout in brown for anatomy of human figures and animals also, and for the upper folds of chiton. Outline of hair left red.

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  • Producer name

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 510BC (circa)
  • Production place

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 8.85 centimetres
    • Diameter: 14.6 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Script

        Greek
      • Inscription Language

        Greek
      • Inscription Content

        (a) ΕΠΙΚΤΕΤΟΣ ΕΓΡΑΦΣΕΝ, 'Επίκτητος έγραφσεν.
        (b) ΠΙΣΤΟΣΞΕΝΟΣ EPOIEΣE, Πιστοξενος έποίησε.
      • Inscription Translation

        Epiktetos made it
        Pistoxenos painted it
      • Inscription Comment

        (b) is partially broken away. The Ν may have been originally painted in.
  • Curator's comments

    BM Cat. Vases

    Minervini, Mon. di Barone i, p. 37; Ann. dell’ Inst. 1876, p. 27; Klein, Meistersig2 p. 107, no. 24; Brunn, Künstlergesch. ii, p. 671, 5 and p. 729; Kretschmer, Vaseninschr. p. 180.

  • Bibliography

    • Vase E139 bibliographic details
    • CVA British Museum 4 III Ic Pl. 28, 1 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G20a/dc2

  • Condition

    Broken, a little of designs missing (upper left corner and nearly all feet of a, lower right corner of b): surface partially injured by fire.

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1856

  • Department

    Greek & Roman Antiquities

  • Registration number

    1856,1213.2

Pottery: red-figured skyphos.   (a) On right Dionysos (bearded, wreathed with ivy, long hair, long chiton with sleeves, himation fastened across body on right shoulder) strides at speed to right, looking back with extended arms; from left hand hangs by one handle a cantharos; in right he holds up a branching vine with leaves and grapes spreading over the field, towards a  satyr following him. This figure is in the background beside an ithyphallic ass, which raises its head with open jaws, as if braying: the head and shoulders of the satyr are missing, and no tail is shown; but he holds forward with left hand an askos, placing his right on the right flank of the ass. On right, written in two lines obliquely, an inscription.  (b) A bearded satyr (wreathed with ivy, hair in long wavy locks) strides to right, looking downwards, holding in each hand a thyrsos, between two ithyphallic (?) braying asses, the foremost of which he guides with the thyrsos in his left hand. The lower part of the body of this ass, and his two fore legs, are missing. The other ass has the usual cross mark on the saddle, the part showing down the shoulder being indicated in black: probably the other asses have had this also. Over the asses, an inscription.  Drawing spirited: extremities small: drapery mannered. Purple is used for inscriptions, wreaths, and vine leaves. The bunches of grapes are in a separate brown body colour. Inner markings very full throughout in brown for anatomy of human figures and animals also, and for the upper folds of chiton. Outline of hair left red.

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Pottery: red-figured skyphos. (a) On right Dionysos (bearded, wreathed with ivy, long hair, long chiton with sleeves, himation fastened across body on right shoulder) strides at speed to right, looking back with extended arms; from left hand hangs by one handle a cantharos; in right he holds up a branching vine with leaves and grapes spreading over the field, towards a satyr following him. This figure is in the background beside an ithyphallic ass, which raises its head with open jaws, as if braying: the head and shoulders of the satyr are missing, and no tail is shown; but he holds forward with left hand an askos, placing his right on the right flank of the ass. On right, written in two lines obliquely, an inscription. (b) A bearded satyr (wreathed with ivy, hair in long wavy locks) strides to right, looking downwards, holding in each hand a thyrsos, between two ithyphallic (?) braying asses, the foremost of which he guides with the thyrsos in his left hand. The lower part of the body of this ass, and his two fore legs, are missing. The other ass has the usual cross mark on the saddle, the part showing down the shoulder being indicated in black: probably the other asses have had this also. Over the asses, an inscription. Drawing spirited: extremities small: drapery mannered. Purple is used for inscriptions, wreaths, and vine leaves. The bunches of grapes are in a separate brown body colour. Inner markings very full throughout in brown for anatomy of human figures and animals also, and for the upper folds of chiton. Outline of hair left red.

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