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Three-dimensional approximation of the vase

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Strangford Apollo, frontal view

Collection: London, British Museum
Summary: Maenad on a bull
Ware: Attic Black Figure
Painter: Attributed to the Leagros Group
Context: From Vulci
Date: ca. 520 BC - ca. 500 BC

H. 0.228 m.

Primary Citation: ABV, 382, 3
Shape: Olpe
Beazley Number: 302385
Region: Etruria
Period: Late Archaic

Decoration Description:

A Maenad is seated on a bull. She faces right, and looks back over her shoulder. She has long hair, bound with a diadem, and wears a necklace and embroidered sleeved chiton. She is playing crotala (castanets). In the field is a vine branch.

On the rim of the vessel is a checker pattern. On the neck are alternating palmette and lotus flowers, and below that, pomegranate buds.


Inscribed on the base is an *E with an additional line on its top bar, and a circle with a wiggly line through it.

Sources Used:

Walters 1893, 239-240; Smith 1896, I, n. 640