|Collection:||University Museums, University of Mississippi|
|Summary:||Interior: Nude woman singeing her pubic hair|
|Ware:||Attic Red Figure|
|Painter:||In the manner of Onesimos|
|Date:||ca. 500 BC - ca. 490 BC|
Broken and mended.
Int.: The tondo is encircled by a reserve line. Within this, a nude woman stands, with legs slightly apart and bent, over a basin set on the ground. Her hair is pulled back in a bun, and she wears earrings. A sack or clothing is hung on the wall to the right. She holds an oil lamp in her left hand, and is singeing her pubic hair. In her right she holds a sponge.
The practice of singeing pubic hair must have been fairly common in Classical Athens, to judge from the number of references to it in comedy (
Antichthon 15 (1981) 9-10
OeJh 12 (1909) 85 ff. Images et Société en Grèce ancienne (Lausanne 1984, publ. 1987) = Cahiers d'archéologie romande 36 (1987) 243-8.