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6353, ATHENIAN, Boston (MA), Museum of Fine Arts, 63.119

  • Vase Number: 6353
  • Fabric: ATHENIAN
  • Technique: BLACK-FIGURE
  • Shape Name: BALL
  • Date: -525 to -475
  • Inscriptions: Graffito:
  • Current Collection: Boston (MA), Museum of Fine Arts: 63.119
  • Publication Record: Greek, Roman and Byzantine Studies: 8 (1967), PLS.1.1-4, 2.5-6
    Kéi, N., L'esthétique des fleurs, kosmos, poikilia et kharis dans la céramique attique du VIe et du Ve siècle av. n. ère, ICON 22 (Berlin and Boston, 2022): 271, FIG.213 (PART)
    Lear, A., and Cantarella, E., Images of ancient Greek pederasty, Boys were their gods (London and New York, 2008): 79, FIG.2.9 (PART)
    Panciera, S. (ed.), Tituli 2, Miscellanea (Rome, 1980): 11 (DRAWINGS), PL.2. 1-3
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  • AVI Record Number: 2809
  • CAVI Collection: Boston 63.119.
  • CAVI Lemma: BF terracotta ball. Unattributed. Ca. 500.
  • CAVI Subject: Around the middle: in the center, a boy greeted by a bearded man. On either side, athletes.
  • CAVI Inscriptions: In the scene, in BG: Μυρρινες ειμι, | ναιχι. On the top cap, Gr.: hο παις καλος :*. Below, in a different hand, Gr: :* hος εοικεν απο τον εριον εναι{αι}, the last two letters in the line above. On the bottom cap, Gr.: Μυρρινες ειμι.
  • CAVI Comments: The object is a rattle in the shape of a ball made of a middle strip and two caps sown over the central part. For the interpretation of the third inscription (ερια, funerary mounds, a reference to funerary athletic contests) see GRBS; differently Guarducci. Some have doubted the graffiti. The ball was a gift to Myrrhine. The first and third graffiti are by a different hand (the potter's or painter's) than the second (a user's?). The ball was clearly a bespoken gift. Guarducci in `Tituli' discusses previous bibl. and suggests that ηριον keep its meaning `tomb' and be applied to the feeble-looking boy with the dog; the object, she says, is a rattle and does not imitate a ball.
  • CAVI Number: 2809
  • AVI Bibliography: NNN (1963), BMusB 61: no. 323, 20-22, figs. 1-2. — Immerwahr (1967). — Guarducci (1970), 64ff., pl. 2. — Gallavotti (1971), 347-56. — Cataudella (1978), 163-75. — Guarducci (1980), 10-16. — Threatte (1980), 176 (on ειμι and εναι). — AttScr (1990), no. 950.
  • CAVI / AVI Data from Henry Immerwahr's Corpus of Attic Vase Inscriptions (CAVI), updated by Rudoph Wachter's Attic Vase Inscriptions (AVI)
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