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Accession_Number REDMG:2004.95.1
adlib_title Attic black figure; added colour (red and white) lekythos
Shape Lekythos
Shape_description Phanyllis shape: Cup mouth with flat lip, cylindrical neck broadening to a diagonal shoulder; strap handle extends from the middle of the neck to the bottom of the shoulder, just above the carination, from which descends an ovoid body that narrows at the bottom to a flat disk foot, with a conical depression at the centre of the underside.
Material Terracotta
Fabric Attic
Fabric_description
Munsell_color 5YR 5/6
Decoration Interior of mouth black; lip reserved; exterior of mouth black, as is handle (repainted); vertical bars at the bottom of the neck; lotus-dot chain on the shoulder; Dionysos riding on a mule, between two satyrs, one holding a maenad. Below the figural scene is a black band, a reserved band, and then a black zone extending to the foot, which is black on the top, reserved on the convex surface and the underside. Figural scene: A nude satyr (in a crouching pose) runs profile to the right, holding a maenad on his shoulder; the maenad, who turns her head profile to the left, stretches her arms to either side and holds a rhyton in her slightly upraised left hand. She wears a kekryphylon (red), necklace (incised) and himation. Dionysos, seated on a mule, rides profile to the right; the god, wearing a red and blck ivy wreath and a himation decorated with red dots, holds a red keras (horn of plenty) from which emerge ivy tendrils that serve as a backdrop for the entire scene. Leading the mule (through use of a white rein, of which a ghost remains) is another nude satyr, running profile to the right, while he turns his head profile to the left. Other details include red on the beards and tails of satyrs and a red fringe for the foremost satyr. Incision is used extensively for anatomy and drapery. An unusual effect is created through the use of incision for the forearm of the leading satyr, which he lays across his torso, which is not incised save for two small circles to indicate his nipples.
Inscriptions
Condition Restored (foot and handle) smoothed over with plaster (especially clear at join of handle to body and neck) with repainting (especially on handle). White glue remains where the foot was (more recently?) rejoined. Surface scratched and stained a dark orange (perhaps intentionally); dent just above foot.
Technique/Style Black figure; added colour (red and white)
Provenance
Period Early Classical
Date 500-475
Dating_details
Artist Geron Group
Attribution A.C. Smith
Image
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Oblique view, from slightly above, of a the right side of a black-figure lekythos, showing Dionysos on a donkey.
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2004.99.0859.jpg
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Detailed view of the front of a black-figure lekythos, showing Dionysos on a donkey.
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Detailed view of the front of a black-figure lekythos, showing Dionysos on a donkey.
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2004.99.0861.jpg
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Detailed view of the right side of a black-figure lekythos, showing a running satyr.
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Right side view of a black-figure lekythos, showing a running satyr.
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2004.99.0863.jpg
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Back view of black-figure lekythos.
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Left side view of a black-figure lekythos, showing a running satyr.
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Front view of a black-figure lekythos, showing a Dionysos on a donkey, between two running satyrs (one holding a maenad).
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Top view of a black-figure lekythos, showing lotus-bud chain decoration.
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Top view of a black-figure lekythos, showing lotus-bud chain decoration.
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2004.99.0868.jpg
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Bottom view of a black-figure lekythos, showing reserved base.
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2004.99.0869.jpg
2004.99.0869.jpg
Detailed view of the left side of a black-figure lekythos, showing a running satyr carrying a maenad on his shoulder.
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Height 18.8
Diameters Rim 4.6; neck (min.) 2.0; shoulder 8.2; stem 2.1; foot 5.7
Handle_height 4.2
Other_dims. W. handle 1.6
Location Reading Museum loan boxes
Edited_by Amy
Date_edited 17.08.2004
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