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  • Description

    Pottery: red-figured oinochoe.
    Design red on black ground, with white accessories.
    Comic actor turned to front, with left leg crossed over right, partly bald, with white hair, moustache and beard; he wears a mask with eyebrows raised, thick nose and wide mouth, a short sleeved chiton with white fringe, bordered chlamys over left arm, from which hangs a long white tassel, and white sandals; in his left hand is a knotty stick, and he holds up two fingers of right hand. On the left is a kylix with a star painted inside; on the right a statue of Heracles in the lion's skin on a plinth painted white, turning to left, with right hand resting on his club. Above the actor is incised in Oscan characters: AITNAZ (retrograde?), (Ξ)αν(θ)ία[ς, Xanthias. On either side are tendrils.


  • Producer name

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 370BC-320BC (circa)
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 26 centimetres
    • Width: 21.9 centimetres
    • Weight: 1.15 kilograms
    • Height: 26.65 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

  • Curator's comments

    BM Cat. Vases

    Panofka, Cab. Pourtales, pl. 9; id. in Arch. Zeit. 1849, pl. 4, fig. 2 and p. 38; Wieseler, Theater gebaude, pl. 9, fig. 10; Jahrbuch, i. (1886), p. 292; R.-Rochette, Journ. des Savants, 1835, p. 225 ff.; Welcker in Rhein. Mus. 1835, p. 489; Müller, Gott. gel. Anzeig. 1837, p. 1880; Kretschmer, Gr. Vaseninschr. pp. 2, 218; Fabretti, C. I. Ital. 2840, pl. 52; Mommsen, Unterital. Dial. p. 189, no. xxxii a.


  • Bibliography

    • Old Catalogue 1445 bibliographic details
    • LCS 2/94 bibliographic details
    • Vase F233 bibliographic details
    • CVA British Museum 2 pl. 11, 17 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G73/dc22

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  • Department

    Greek & Roman Antiquities

  • Registration number


Pottery: red-figured oinochoe showing an actor named Xantias standing next to a statue of Herakles.

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Pottery: red-figured oinochoe showing an actor named Xantias standing next to a statue of Herakles.

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