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A Campanian (Greek) skyphos (two-handled deep wine cup)

Mid 4th century BC

Made in a Greek colony in southern Italy.

Pottery, black on red

Height: 12.5cm
Diameter: 12cm

Museum number: HR6

Vermeule catalogue number: Vermeule 542help-vermeule-catalogue-number

On display: Picture Room Recess (pre-booked tours only)
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Curatorial note

Black on red

Side A
Youth, seated right on a block, himation about the knees; he holds a box and a wreath.

Side B
Youth in long, bordered himation (w. thick black stripe) standing left, staff held vertically in his out-stretched right hand.

Ovolo and fillet border at lip; palmettes and large sprays beneath handles; and reserved groundline fillet below.

For the general group to which this vase belongs, see Sir J.D. Beazley, 'Some Skyphoí', JHS, LXIII, 1943, pp.84f. Also compare Capua CVA pls. 42f., no.5 (group, according to Prof. Trendall, 'of the cut-off heads'). The palmettes determine the attribution, compare BM old no.1270; they are not very far off the outer circle of the Parrish Painter.


A.D. Trendall, The Red-Figured Vases of Lucania, Campania and Sicily, Vol. I, p.284, no. 415 (The Cassandra - Parrish Workshop).

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