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Three-dimensional approximation of the vase

Collection: London, British Museum
Summary: Side A: Rhapsode reciting. Side B: Flute player.
Ware: Attic Red Figure
Painter: Attributed to the Kleophrades Painter
Context: From Vulci
Date: ca. 490 BC

H. 0.47 m.

Primary Citation: ARV2, 183, 15; Beazley Addenda 2, 187, 183.15
Shape: Neck amphora
Beazley Number: 201668
Period: Late Archaic

Decoration Description:

Side A: A rhapsode stands in profile to the right. He wears a loosely draped himation, and his right shoulder is exposed. His right arm is extended in front of him, resting on his staff. He is reciting poetry, as we see the words come out of his mouth [epig-rough]*O*D*E*P*O*T*E*N*T*U*P*I*N*Q*I("As once in Tiryns . . ."). He stands on a platform, on which is inscribed *K*A*L*O*S *E*I ("You are beautiful").

Side B: A flute player walks toward the right. He is dressed in a himation which flutters out behind him, and a sleeveless overshirt decorated with a checker pattern. This same pattern is seen on the shirt of another flute player ; a fragment of a volute krater Würzburg inv. 4781 shows only the arm of the musician, and he is wearing a long sleeved checkered shirt.

Both panels have a lower border of stopped meanders alternating with patterned squares (crosses and dotted saltires).

Shape Description:

Neck amphora with twisted handles


Side A, the rhapsode is reciting, [epig-rough]*O*D*E*P*O*T*E*N*T*U*P*I*N*Q*I("As once in Tiryns . . ."). He stands on a platform, on which is inscribed *K*A*L*O*S *E*I ("You are beautiful").

Collection History:

Ex. Coll. Canino

Sources Used:

Beazley 1974, 15, no. 13.; A. Bélis " Auloi grecs du Louvre," BCH 108 (1984) 114, fig. 5; A. Bélis "La Phorbéia," BCH 110 (1986) 206, fig. 1; Boardman 1975, fig. 138; D. Kurtz " Beazley and the Connoisseurship of Greek Vases," GVGetMus 2 (1985) 244, fig. 6; R. Ling The Greek World (Oxford, 1976) 108<

Other Bibliography:

Beck 1975, pl. 14.78; J. Davidson "Notes on the Panathenaea," JHS 78 (1958) 37, fn. 22.; M. Wegner Musikgeschichte in Bildern II Musik des Altertums, 4 Griechenland (Leipzig, 1963) 33, fig. 11; Webster 1972, 61 pl. 5b; D. Paquette L'Instrument de Musique dans la céramique de la grèce antique, Etudes d'organologie (Paris, 1984): 21, fig. IIb; Bieber 1961a, 5, fig. 9; R. Browning The Greek World, Classical, Byzantine, and Modern (London, 1985),160