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126. 98.930 CUP PLATE LXXII

Diameter 0.255, present height 0.101. The provenience is not recorded, but as there is an old drawing of the exterior in the German Institute at Rome, it was probably Italy. Hoppin i pp. 226-7; I, Langlotz GV. pl. 22, 33, whence Mem. Am. Ac. 6 pl. 12 B, d (Lawler); I, Pfuhl fig. 457. I, komast; A-B, komos. By Douris (VA. p. 98; Att. V. p. 202 no. 34; ARV.1 p. 283 no. 43; ARV.2 p. 431 no. 45).

The cup is of Type B. Warren took the foot to be alien, but probably an ancient restoration: I was not sure that it did not belong: it is at least of the right shape, a Python foot. The handles are modern.

The decoration is of the 'bare' type described above. The cup belongs to Douris's second period, the late part of it.

Komos. The revellers are all men, and all naked except two, who wear wraps over their shoulders. The man inside stands on one leg, the right, which is frontal, and raises his left leg over a cup which stands on a low block. On the left, his himation lies folded on a seat, which has a cushion. The attitude of the left-hand man on A is similar, though not the same. Both men are preparing to perform one of those 'tricks with cups' which are often represented in komos scenes. In the grandest of these pictures, on the psykter by Douris in the British Museum, the performers are not men but satyrs;1 and quite a pleasing turn is given by a girl on a hydria by Polygnotos in Naples.2 In our cup one can only guess what the trick is to consist of and what the next move will be.

Relief-contours. Brown lines for the inner marking of the body, few of which are clear in the photograph. A repainted fracture runs through the toes of the right foot. Red for the head-fillet and for the inscription, Λ̣ΟΡΙΣΕΓΡΑΦΣΕΝ.

Outside, the movement is leftward, but some of the men turn round. On each half there are two groups — a four (composed of two pairs), and a pair. In the middle of A, a man playing the flute, and another, who holds a skyphos, facing him; the flute-player is followed by two men with cups, one of whom turns his face towards us. On the left, the man preparing for the trick, and another who holds out a cup. In the middle of B a man capers, while another holds his skyphos for him, as well as his own cup. This pair is followed by two men with cups, one of whom has an oinochoe as well. The first probably looks round at the second — the head is lost. On the left, a lyre-player, facing round towards his companion, a man with a cup. Parts of the surface are in poor condition, and many of the fine brown lines on the bodies have disappeared. Missing or damaged (besides the major losses clear from the drawing): in A, right shoulder and left arm of 1, part of 6's beard and hair; in B, part of 2's chest and left arm, parts of 3's legs; 4's shoulders, right wrist, and part of the skyphos; 5's right hand, parts of his left knee and calf; parts of 6's calves. Red for the head-fillets.

E. Robinson, MFA Annual Report, 1898, pp. 65-66, no. 39; Reinach 1924, I, p. 309; Antike Plastik, VI (1967), p. 8, note 2 (W. H. Schuchhardt); Wegner 1968b, pp. 88, 94-95, 120, 169; Para., p. 374, no. 45; I. K. Raubitschek, AJA 77 (1973), p. 243; Drougou 1975, p. 113, notes 142, 153; Kraiker 1978, pp. 24 (under no. 75), 25 (under no. 80); Dover 1978, pp. 126, 218, no. R563; Beazley Addenda 1, p. 117; Korshak 1987, pp. 13, 57 (no. 125), 97, illus. 24; M. H. Tisserant, BICS 36 (1989), pp. 128 (note 7), 134 (fig. 3a); Beazley Addenda 2, p. 236; CVA, Karlsruhe, Badisches Landesmuseum, 3, p. 68, under pl. 30 (C. Weiss).

Exhibited: Fogg Art Museum, March 1 - April 5, 1972 (Buitron 1972, pp. 98-99, no. 52, 3 illus.).

1 London E 768: FR. pl. 48, whence Hoppin i p. 242; CV. pl. 105: ARV.1 p. 292 no. 201; ARV.2 p. 446 no. 262.

2 Naples 3232: FR. pl. 171, 1 and p. 321: ARV.1 p. 681 no. 55; ARV.2 p. 1032 no. 61.

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