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Accession_Number REDMG:1953.41.1
adlib_title Attic red figure cup
Shape Cup
Shape_description Rounded rim on a concave lip, above shallow bowl; just below lip are attached two round horizontal handles, rectangular in shape, slightly incurving. A short stem, slightly concave, attaches the bowl to a thick disk foot, convex on the underside (a continuation of the rounded resting surface) but hollowed through the middle of the stem.
Material Terracotta
Fabric Attic
Fabric_description
Munsell_color 5YR 5/6
Decoration Decorated entirely in black glaze except for the decorated tondo, the reserved resting surface (and perhaps also reserved handle zones which are, however, unclear because it is obscured by deposits). The centre of the bowl is decorated with a reserved circle in which is seated an abstracted human figure, perhaps a Scythian (wearing a mitra), holding a drinking horn.
Inscriptions
Condition Intact. Accretions from river sediment (light greyish brown, with some reddish brown in areas) cover most of the vase, especially the handles and foot, where the deposits have built up. The interior surface is pitted on reserved areas, and glazed surfaces are scratched and eroded, especially on the interior of the bowl and the lip.
Technique/Style Red figure
Provenance Reading, River Thames (from which it was dredged).
Period Late Archaic
Date 525-500
Dating_details
Artist Pithos Painter
Attribution G.C. Boon (agreed by J.D. Beazley)
Image
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Top view of an Attic cup, showing the black glaze and broken handle.
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Top view of the bottom of an Attic cup, showing the black glaze and broken handle.
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Top view of an Attic cup, showing the black glaze and broken handle.
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Top view of part of an Attic cup, showing a modern ink inscription.
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Oblique view of an Attic cup, showing the black glaze and broken handle.
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Front view of an Attic cup, showing the black glaze.
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Front view of an Attic cup, showing the black glaze and handle.
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Front view of an Attic cup, showing the black glaze.
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Front view of an Attic cup, showing the broken handle.
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Comparanda
Bibliography A. Johnston, Greek vases in the marketplace, in T. Rasmussen and N. Spivey eds., Looking at Greek Vases (Cambridge 1991) 203-204, fig. 85; G.C. Boon, "A Greek Vase from the Thames," JHS 74 (1954) 178, figs. 1-2; ARV2 140.25
Archive_Ref
Beazley_DB 201182
Height 8.2
Diameters Rim 14.8, stem 2.7, base 7.2
Handle_height
Other_dims. H. lip 1.8; th. handles 0.8; W. incl. handles 22.2
Location Blake's Lock (Reading Museum)
Edited_by Amy
Date_edited 11.10.2004
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