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128. 01.8029 CUP from Orvieto PLATE LXXIV, 2

Diameter 0.198, height 0.07925. From the Bourguignon collection. Hartwig pl. 67, 1, whence Perrot 10 p. 599; International Studio 1927 p. 27, I (J. S. Green); the shape, Caskey G. 187 no. 141. I, youth at laver. About 485-480 B.C., by Douris (Hartwig p. 598; VA. p. 98; Att. V. p. 204 no. 54; ARV.1 p. 290 no. 173; ARV.2 p. 443 no. 226).

This is another small cup of Type B, decorated inside only, but of the Hippodamas period. The potter-work is by Python (Bloesch p. 100 no. 36). The underside of the foot has his characteristic form.

The border is that of the Hippodamas period. It makes its first appearance, or one of its first appearances, in the London Theseus cup,1 together with the Douris handle-floral: the 'richer style' has begun. One of the chief features of the new border is the 'false maeander', the maeander in one line that penetrates to the middle of the maze but does not come out again. The 'false maeander' is often used by Douris in his very earliest cups, for instance Louvre G 127, and, somewhat later, the small cup in Baltimore;2 but hedged by uprights, with a different ductus, and without the other elements — the alternation of direction, and the special cross-square.

The 'odd man' of the border is south-east.

A naked youth bends over a laver, washing his hands. It is a common subject, and Hartwig gives other examples.3 Behind, half seen, a vessel on the ground, and, suspended, a goat-skin bag: for these see below, on no. 131.

The very shallow laver (λουτήριον), with fluted stand (ὑποστάτης), resembles the marble one, found at Olynthos, in Salonica.4

A repainted fracture runs through shoulder, jaw, and mouth.

Relief-contours. Most of the brown inner markings appear in the photograph. The furrow of the hip is rendered by a brown line instead of the usual black. Red for the broad head-band and the inscription ΗΙΠΟΛ̣ΑΜΑΣΚΑΛΟΣ.

Of the other two small cups with this inscription, London E 50 is like ours, but less good, and Chicago 32 is very poor, and doubtless by an imitator.5


Ginouvès 1962, pp. 81, 83, 94, 96 (note 1), 120 (note 3); Wegner 1968b, pp. 82-83, 214; Para., p. 375, no. 226; J. R. Mertens, MMAJ 9 (1974), p. 103, note 55; J.-L. Durand and F. Lissarrague, Hephaistos 2 (1980), pp. 94-95, fig. 9; Kurtz & Sparkes 1982, p. 51, note 29 (D. von Bothmer); Beazley Addenda 1, p. 118; Brijder 1984, p. 159, note 34 (T. Seki); Beazley Addenda 2, p. 240.


1 London E 48: I, Murray Designs no. 29: ARV.1 p. 283 no. 46; ARV.2 p. 431 no. 47.

2 Louvre: Hartwig pl. 19, 2 and pl. 20: ARV.1 p. 279 no. 1; ARV.2 p. 427 no. 1. Baltimore: Hartwig pl. 22, 2: CV. Robinson pl. 11: ARV.1 p. 290 no. 164; ARV.2 p. 442 no. 215.

3 Meisterschalen p. 599.

4 AJA. 1939 p. 61 fig. 14.

5 London: Hartwig pl. 67, 4: ARV.1 p. 291 no. 174; ARV.2 p. 443 no. 227. Chicago: Hartwig pl. 67, 2: ARV.1 p. 291 no. 175; ARV.2 p. 450 no. 23.

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