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    Pottery: red-figured rhyton (drinking-cup).
    Apollo, Artemis, Aphrodite and Hermes. Hermes on the right in chlamys and winged talaria (the wing in front is upright, that behind, recurved), holding caduceus butt downwards in his left, comes running to left in the archaic ‘kneeling’ attitude; on the left is inscribed his name, roughly drawn, Έ]ρμής. Towards him comes a procession, headed by Aphrodite (?) in long chiton and mantle over her shoulders, and bracelets, who holds on her right hand a diminutive figure of a swan flapping its wings (in silhouette); she raises her left hand, and her head seems to be turned to left. Behind her, Apollo comes, playing on a large kithara; he has long hair, a long sleeved chiton, and a mantle decorated with trefoils. Beside him, his name, APOΛΛON, Άπόλλων. Last comes Artemis, in long sleeved chiton and mantle, necklace and bracelets, who dances to right, looking back, and playing on castanets. On the left, her name, retr., Αρ]τεμις. Beside the caduceus of Hermes is inscribed an A, which is probably as the first letter of the name of Artemis.
    The cup, one-handled, on which the design is painted, is in the form of a keras, supported on the knees of a bearded man in a long sleeved chiton, himation and shoes, who is seated to right, with head resting against the keras en face, on a diphros covered with a panther-skin. The seat is modelled as a square base, on which the legs of the diphros and the panther-skin over it are in red; the legs are those of a panther. The figure of the man is painted in various colours, now more or less faded, direct on the clay. The flesh has been vermilion; the eyes white with black outline, the eyeball black, with perhaps a white ring around the pupil; the beard is modelled, with wavy black lines on the clay; the chiton purple, the himation sea-green, and shoes white, with details in fine black lines. The keras has a broad, semicircular handle, of which the lower part joins the left knee of the figure. The upper edge has been carefully cut off all round, at a distance of about 1 in. (probably) from the lip, and with it the heads of all the figures of the design have disappeared. Purple cord of plectrum and inscriptions. Brown upper folds of chiton and jewellery, and inner markings. Below, a band of upright palmettes, ending on right in a bud.


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    • 500BC-480BC (circa)
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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 24.13 centimetres
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  • Bibliography

    • Vase E785 bibliographic details
    • CVA British Museum 4 III Ic pl. 37, 1 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G15/dc7

  • Exhibition history


    2006 8 Jun-4 Sep, Los Angeles, The Getty Villa, The Colors of Clay

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    Greek & Roman Antiquities

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Pottery: red-figured rhyton (drinking-cup), the horn supported by a seated figure of Dionysos. On the horn, Hermes is followed by Aphrodite, Apollo with his kithara, and Artemis.

Pottery: red-figured rhyton (drinking-cup), the horn supported by a seated figure of Dionysos. On the horn, Hermes is followed by Aphrodite, Apollo with his kithara, and Artemis.

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