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220508, ATHENIAN, Ruvo, Museo Jatta, Ruvo, Museo Jatta, 36050

  • Vase Number: 220508
  • Fabric: ATHENIAN
  • Technique: RED-FIGURE
  • Shape Name: LEKYTHOS, SQUAT
  • Provenance: ITALY, RUVO
  • Date: -450 to -400
  • Attributed To: MEIDIAS P by MILCHHOFER
  • Current Collection: Ruvo, Museo Jatta: 1538
  • Previous Collections:
    • Ruvo, Museo Jatta: 36050
  • Publication Record: Andreassi, G., Jatta di Ruvo, la famiglia, la collezione, il Museo Nazionale (Bari, 1996): 118 (COLOUR OF PART)
    Angiolillo, S. et al. (eds.), Meixis, Dinamiche di stratificazione culturale nella periferia greca e romana, Atti del Convegno Internazionale di Studi 'Il sacro e il profano', Cagliari, Cittadella dei Musei, 5-7 maggio 2011 (Rome, 2012): 54, FIG.2 (DRAWING OF BD)
    Beazley, J.D., Attic Red-Figure Vase-Painters, 2nd edition (Oxford, 1963): 1314.16
    Beazley, J.D., Attische Vasenmaler des rotfigurigen Stils (Tübingen, 1925): 460.12
    Beazley, J.D., Paralipomena (Oxford, 1971): 477
    Burn, L., The Meidias Painter (Oxford, 1987): PL.38A-C
    Carpenter, T.H., with Mannack, T. and Mendonca, M., Beazley Addenda, 2nd edition (Oxford, 1989): 362
    Castaldo, D., Giannachi, F.G., and Manieri, A. (eds.), Poesia, musica e agoni nella Grecia antica, Poetry, Music and Contests in ancient Greece. Atti del iv convegno internazionale di MOISA, Lecce, 28-30 ottobre 2010, Rudiae 22-23 (2010-2011): 237, FIG.6 (BD)
    Cohen, B. (ed.), Not the Classical Ideal, Athens and the Construction of the Other in Greek Art (Leiden, Boston and Köln, 2000): 380, FIG.14.7 (PART)
    Dietrich, N., Figur ohne Raum? Bäume und Felsen in der attischen Vasenmalerei des 6. und 5. Jahrhunderts v. Chr., Image & Context 7 (Berlin, 2010): 269, FIG.219 (BD)
    Gigante, M. et al., Modi e funzioni del racconto mitico nella ceramica Greca, Italiota ed Etrusca dal VI al IV secolo A.C. (Salerno, 1995): 60-63, FIGS.10-13
    Heinemann, A., Der Gott des Gelages. Dionysos, Satyrn und Mänaden auf attischem Trinkgeschirr des 5. Jahrhunderts v. Chr. (Berlin, 2016): 314, FIG.201 (PARTS OF BD)
    Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae: VII, PL.616, THAMYRIS, THAMYRAS 6 (PARTS)
    Lezzi-Hafter, A., Der Eretria-Maler, Werke und Weggefährten (Mainz, 1988): 216, FIG.74B, NO.247 (PROFILE)
    Maas, M. and Snyder, J.M, Stringed Instruments of Ancient Greece (New Haven, 1989): 161, FIG.11A (PART)
    Mitteilungen des Deutschen Archäologischen Instituts, Römische Abteilung: 3 (1888) PL.9
    Mugione, E., Miti della ceramica attica in Occidente: Problemi di trasmissioni iconografiche nelle produzioni italiote (Taranto, 2000): 139, FIGS.13A-C (BD)
    Museo italiano di antichita classica (Florence, 1885-90): II, PL.5
    Nicole, G., Meidias et le style fleuri (Geneva, 1908): PL.7.4
    Palo, F. di, Dalla Ruvo antica al Museo Archeologico Jatta (Fasano, 1987): 202, BOTTOM (PART)
  • AVI Web:
  • AVI Record Number: 7325
  • LIMC ID: 9719
  • LIMC Web:
  • CAVI Collection: Ruvo, Museo Jatta 1538.
  • CAVI Lemma: RF squat lekythos. From Ruvo. Meidias Painter. Last quarter fifth. 420-415 (Lezzi-Hafter).
  • CAVI Subject: Thamyris with Apollo, Muses, nymphs(?) and Aphrodite; three winged Erotes.
  • CAVI Inscriptions: Below the top margin: (Α)πολλων{1}. Θα̣μ̣υριε{2}. Σα̣ο{3}.
  • CAVI Footnotes: {1} alpha lacks the cross stroke in L.-H., cat. entry. {2} so the cat. entry: epsilon miswritten for final four-stroke sigma: Θα̣μ̣υρι(ς). [Certainly not Thamyras.] {3} L.-H.: not Sappho; Sao is a Nereid in Hesiod, Theog. 240ff. But Burn accepts Michaelis' identification with Sappho (Michaelis (1865)). Differently, Furtwängler (1874), 33-34. See the further discussion in Burn. Lezzi-Hafter in AP&P, n. on p. 368: on Σαο: Burn connects Sao with a woman having an Eros on her shoulder; Sao is strictly a Nereid name, she wears an elaborate chiton, suggesting an Eastern connection, perhaps a Thracian adherent of Thamyris?, cf. the Thracian tribe Saites and the name Saonesos on Samothrace).
  • CAVI Comments: The subject is the contest of Thamyris and the Muses; cf. Sophocles, Thamyras. No trace of Thamyris' ultimate fate, which however hangs like a shadow over the peaceful picture (Robertson). A similar composition is on New York 37.11.23 (ARV[2] 1313/7), also by the Meidias Painter.
  • CAVI Number: 7325
  • AVI Bibliography: Richter–Hall (1936), i, 204 (mention). — ARV[2] (1963), 1314/16 (much bibl.). — Para. (1971), 477. — Brommer (1973), 509/B 6. — Bucci (1983), no. 37. — Juliis (1983), p. Bari 101, fig. 182. — Burn (1987), 54-57 and 99/M 18, pl. 38,a-c. — Lezzi-Hafter (1988), 234, 345/247 (not in the pls.; fig. 74,b (profile) and 78 (ornament). — Add.[2] (1989), 362. — Robertson (1992), 239. — Lezzi-Hafter (1997), 356.
  • 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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  • Coordinates: 41.117642,16.486015
  • Pleiades Coordinates: 40.849764,15.542359
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