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80. 10.211 CUP PLATE XLIII, 80, SUPPL. PLATE 8, 1 and SUPPL. PLATE 9

Diameter of the picture, including borders, 0.155. I, incomplete, VA. p. 88; part, CV. Fl. pl. 6B35. I, komast; A-B, komos. About 485-480, by Onesimos (VA. p. 89 no. 9; Att. V. p. 173 no. 16; ARV. p. 220 no. 15). Only the core-fragment, with the foot of the cup, is in Boston: so much of the inside picture as is published in VA. p. 88. The other fragments are in Villa Giulia and Florence: in Suppl. plates 8-9 these are given from photographs, and the joins with the drawing of the Boston portion are naturally imperfect.

I. A reveller, not young, seems to be picking his way; but after looking at the pictures on the other side, one cannot be sure that he is not dancing. His left leg is frontal; he looks down, holding his stick in one hand and his cloak with the other. He has a hooked nose, a queer beard, and the beginning of a paunch. A long fillet, with tags at the ends, is tied round his head. A flute-case and a mouthpiece-box hang in the field. A small exergue below the feet. Inscription ΗΟΠΑΙΣ, retr., and ΚΑΛΟΣ. The contours are in relief-lines, except for the lower two-thirds of the stick. Red for fillet and inscriptions.

A-B, a merry party. On A a naked girl moves quickly to left, playing the crotala, and doubtless looking round at a youth or man who dances with his left arm extended and his right akimbo; he is followed by a naked youth, also dancing, but less violently, his left arm extended and his stick in his right hand. On the other side of the girl, a youth or man dances to right, bending, and holding a stick; he wears a cloak, and his head is bound with a long fillet. The girl has a cord round her left shank, with a bead fastened to it. This, the fillet, and the inscription, ΚΑ[ΛΟΣ...], are in red. On B, three youths are dancing; or at least the middle one is dancing, and the others follow his movements. The left-hand youth is naked, the others have cloaks; the two outer youths hold sticks. All three wear wreaths. 'The wreaths, and the inscription [...ΗΟΠ]ΑΙΣ, are in red. The surface of the vase has suffered more on B than on A.

The cup is of type B.

To the list of vases by Onesimos in ARV. pp. 219-22 and 955 the following cups may be added:

  • 7 bis. Oxford 1927.4608, fragment, from Orvieto. A, CV. pl. 14, 42. I, (unexplained remains). A, (a youth holding a horse; behind it, a boy; on the right, the heel of a male in a himation to right, leaning). This ought to be from the same cup as no. 7 in the list, the Heidelberg fragments Heidelberg 63 (A-B, Kraiker pl. 9), but is not easy to fit in.
  • 20 bis. Louvre, frr. I, komast; A, komos. On I, the legs of the komast remain, moving quickly to left, and the end of his cloak; on A, the lower part of a naked youth or man sitting on the ground, with the left thigh frontal, to left, then a flute-case, then the stick of one leaning to left. The upper part of the youth on the ground (except the head) is perhaps given by another fragment (right arm extended, a drinking-vessel in the left hand, inscription ΗΟ[ΠΑΙΣ]). I do not know if the fragment Louvre S 1429 (ARV. p. 221, Onesimos no. 35) might belong. Another Louvre fragment, with the head (except the face) and chest of a youth, turned to right, may go with Louvre S 1429.1
  • 20 ter. Louvre, frr. I, komast? (on the right, a flute-case, hanging, and the head of a stick). A, love-making (the lower parts of all three figures remain: a youth or man bending to right, a naked girl on all fours to left, a youth or man bending to left).
  • 29 bis. Louvre S 1427, Louvre S 1421, Louvre S 1374, fr. Cp. 209, and other fragments. The cup is not far from complete, but not much of the interior remains. Two of the many fragments are nos. 30 and 34 in the list of vases by Onesimos, ARV. p. 221. I, warrior or hoplitodromos; A-B, acontists.
  • 59 bis. Louvre, fr. I (hand and foot of one running to right). No decoration outside.
Nos. 31 and 33 in the Onesimos list are from the same cup as no. 51, and these, with other Louvre fragments, almost complete the pictures. No. 32 also has received accessions from fragments in the Louvre, and not much is now missing.

A fragment in Bryn Mawr belongs to our no. 11: joining AJA 1916 p. 343, 20 and giving the middle of the youth. While attributing the two fragments ibid. 20-1 to Onesimos (ibid. p. 342) Miss Swindler mentioned 'an additional fragment' in Bryn Mawr 'with the head of a horse' (raised, to right) as 'in the manner of Onesimos'. She implied that it came from the same cup as the two, which did not seem certain to me. Another Bryn Mawr fragment is probably from the same cup as that with the horse's head: it gives, outside, the hindquarters of a horse to left and the outstretched right arm of a male to left who holds a cord in his right hand and a pair of javelins in his left. Both fragments are Onesiman and probably by the painter himself.

No. 5 in the list is now published in CV. Vienna University pl. 11, 2 and 4 and pl. 13, 3-4; no. 3 in the list of vases in the manner of Onesimos (ARV. p. 223), in Hesp. suppl. viii pl. 2, 3. The Philadelphia fragment no. 5 on p. 219 is no doubt by Onesimos.

A cup-fragment in the Louvre, with, outside, the upper part of a youth, head bent in three-quarter view to left, with the inscription ΚΑΛ[ΟΣ], is at least in the manner of Onesimos.


ARV2, p. 325, no. 82; E. Vermeule, AJA 71 (1967), pp. 311-312; G. von Lücken, Die Griechische Vase (Wissenschaftliche Zeitschrift der Universität Rostock 16, 1967), pp. 486, 488, 678, pl. 57, 6; Whitehill 1970, p. 165, illus.; J. R. Mertens, HSCP 76 (1972), p. 278, note 29; I. Peschel, 1987, Die Hetäre bei Symposion und Komos in der attisch-rotfigurigen Vasenmalerei des 6.-4. Jahrh. v. Chr., Frankfurt am Main; New York: P. Lang, pp. 142-143, 193, 202, 207, 448, no. 113, pl. 113.


1 (From Addenda to Part II) P. 34. Delete the cup added as no. 20 bis: it is by the Antiphon Painter.

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