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29. 13.189 LEKYTHOS Woman working with wool PLATE X and FIGURE 22

Height, 0.332 m.; diameter, 0.112 m. On the shoulder, below a tongue pattern, a red-figured design composed of three palmettes with flowers and spiral tendrils issuing from them. The picture is bordered, above and below, by bands of maeander running round the vase. Relief contours throughout. Red used for the wool, the woman's bracelets, the strings of the sakkos, the inscription; thinned paint for parts of the woman's hair, the face in the mirror, the vertical lines on the seat-rail, the circles on the cushion, the zigzag lines on the sakkos.

From Gela. Ann. Rep. 1913, p. 91. Beazley, V.A., p. 91. Hoppin, i, p. 128, no. 41. Beazley, Att. V., p. 184, no. 23. A drawing of the shape in Caskey, G.G.V., p. 217, no. 171.

A woman seated in a chair, drawing a long strip of wool out of a wicker basket. She is clothed in an Ionic chiton, and has a mantle wrapped round her legs. Her hair is bound by a broad headband, except for four long, wavy locks which fall on either side of her neck. She wears a disk earring, and a spiral bracelet on each wrist. The end of a cushion, decorated with small circles in brown, hangs over the back of the seat. The structure of the chair presents no peculiarities, except that the tenon of the seat-rail projects farther than usual at the back. The vertical lines in brown on the rail show that the seat was plaited.1 A sakkos and a mirror hang on the wall. The mirror has a simple handle with a ring at the bottom and two volutes at the junction with the disk. There is a small projection at the top of the disk, and on its surface a female head in profile to left is drawn in brown lines. This probably represents an incised design on the back of the disk.2 In the field, the inscription ΗΕΠΑΙΣ ΚΑΛΕ

About 480-470 B.C. Style of the Brygos painter, but not certainly by his own hand. Beazley notes that the sagging drawing is like that of the Apollo Cup, no. 26 (Boston 10.197). Both belong to a group which he calls the 'weak Brygan'. Very like our lekythos is the Oxford lekythos, Corpus, Oxford, i, Pl. 38, 11.3


ARV, p. 256, no. 161 (Brygos Painter); EAA, II, p. 201 (S. Stucchi); ARV2, p. 384, no. 214; Herbert 1964, p. 62; P. Truitt, BMFA 67 (1969), pp. 78, 82, fig. 10; Wegner 1973, p. 163, pl. 40d; Folsom 1976, p. 120; Kopcke & Moore 1979, p. 50 (K. M. Phillips, Jr. and A. H. Ashmead); Beazley Addenda 1, p. 113; Nakayama 1982, p. 151, note 30; A. Hermary, BCH 110 (1986), p. 221; Christiansen & Melander 1987, p. 23, note 16 (M. P. Baglione); Beazley Addenda 2, p. 228.


1 On this type of chair, the diphros, see Richter, Ancient Furniture, pp. 45 ff.

2 For a woman's face reflected in a mirror, see the Italiote krater in Paris, F.R., Pl. 147 (Paris, Cab. Méd. 422).

3 (From Addenda to Part I) No. 29. ARV. p. 256, Brygos Painter no. 161.

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