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Three-dimensional approximation of the vase

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Interior: Aphrodite riding on a goose

Collection: London, British Museum
Summary: Aphrodite on a goose
Ware: Attic Red Figure, White Ground
Painter: Attributed to the Pistoxenos Painter
Context: From Kameiros
Date: ca. 470 BC - ca. 460 BC

D. 0.24 m.

Primary Citation: ARV2, 862, 22.
Shape: Kylix
Beazley Number: 211350
Region: Dodecanese
Period: Early Classical

Decoration Description:

On the interior, Aphrodite riding on her goose. Aphrodite sits in the crook of the goose's wing, as the goose flies effortlessly up and through the air. Like Exekias' earlier cup with Dionysos sailing (Munich 2044), Aphrodite is set in an empty white field, without ground line or spatial reference. She wears a bonnet, a long white chiton with purple ornament and a purple mantle, and sandals. Her left hand is curled in her lap; in her right she carries a stylized, curling branch or tendril.


*A*F*R*O*D*I*T*E ("Aphrodite"), *G*L*A*U*K*O*N *K*A*L*O*S ("Glaukon is beautiful").

Sources Used:

Robertson 1959, 113-14; Simon & Hirmer 1976, 129.