39. 01.8082 STAMNOS Komos PLATE XVIIHeight, without lid, 0.331 m.; width, including handles, 0.373 m.; diameter of body, 0.278 m. Intact, including the lid. Exactly like no. 38 (Boston 01.8083) except for minute variations in the dimensions. Relief contours as follows: A, left-hand figure, upper part of front line of right leg, inner line of left arm, right-hand edge of mantle, stick; central figure, chin and neck, right arm, left forearm, hands, flute, right foot; right-hand figure, chin, back of left lower leg. B, left-hand figure, skyphos, sole of left foot. The handle-ornaments partially outlined in relief, as on no. 38 (Boston 01.8083). Brown used for details of the hair, the fillets and the ivy wreath, for anatomical markings on the bodies of the men on A, for some of the ends of the mantles on A, for a stripe near the bottom of the flute-player's dress. White used for the berries of the ivy wreath, and for the wreaths of the youth on A, the youth and the central figure on B. The proportions of the two men on A are more correctly given in the small photographs. In the larger photographs their legs are foreshortened. The provenience is the same as that of no. 38 (Boston 01.8083). Petersen, Röm. Mitt. viii, 1893, pp. 336, 339, no. 22. Beazley, V.A., p. 154, fig. 94 A and B (details of side A). Hoppin, i, p. 193, no. 1. Beazley, Att. V., p. 354, no. 8. Jacobsthal, Ornamente griechischer Vasen, Pl. 104, d. The shape given in Caskey, G.G.V., p. 97, no. 54. A. A bearded man and a youth executing a quiet dance movement to music furnished by a flute-girl. Each of the men extends his right arm, with the hand raised, holds a stick in his left hand, and has a mantle hanging over left arm. The bearded man wears a broad fillet of straw or wool, like that of two of the women on no. 38 (Boston 01.8083). The youth has a white wreath. The girl is dressed in a thin, sleeveless chiton with overfold and kolpos. An ivy wreath with white berries encircles her head; below this her hair falls in short ringlets. B. Three komasts. Two of them are bearded men, draped in mantles and carrying sticks, walking to left. The first looks back over his shoulder at his companion, and holds up a skyphos in his right hand. Facing them is a youth, also in a himation, raising his right hand and holding a skyphos in his left. Both men have broad fillets like those already described, the first a white wreath in addition. The youth has only a wreath. Since the stamnos is a companion-piece to no. 38 (Boston 01.8083), it is not unreasonable to imagine the six men as participants in the Choes festival. A man, not characterized as a komast, appears with two women on the reverse of the stamnos by the Eupolis painter in the Louvre, which has on the obverse the usual scene of women sacrificing before an image of Dionysos.1 By the Chicago painter, about 450 B.C.2
ARV, p. 408, no. 14; J. Boardman and M. Pope, 1961, Greek Vases in Cape Town, Cape Town, Trustees of the S. A. Museum, p. 13; ARV2, p. 629, no. 19; Philippaki 1967, pp. 111-112, no. 1; B. Schmaltz, MarbWPr 1968, pp. 30-31, note 4; Whitehill 1970, p. 164, illus.; Cook 1972, pp. xxi, 229, fig. 40.