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216946, ATHENIAN, Oxford, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, Ashmolean Museum, G303

  • Vase Number: 216946
  • Fabric: ATHENIAN
  • Technique: RED-FIGURE
  • Shape Name: AMPHORISKOS
  • Date: -450 to -400
  • Inscriptions: Named: THEANO
  • Attributed To: ERETRIA P by BEAZLEY
  • Last Recorded Collection: Oxford, Ashmolean Museum: V537
  • Previous Collections:
    • Oxford, Ashmolean Museum: G303
  • Publication Record: BEAZLEY NOTEBOOK: 22, 34
    BEAZLEY NOTEBOOK: 25, 27.2
    Beazley, J.D., Attic Red-Figure Vase-Painters, 2nd edition (Oxford, 1963): 1248.10
    Beazley, J.D., Attic red-figured Vases in American Museums (Cambridge, 1918): 179, FIG.110BIS (A)
    Beazley, J.D., Attische Vasenmaler des rotfigurigen Stils (Tübingen, 1925): 430.7
    Beazley, J.D., Paralipomena (Oxford, 1971): 469
    Boardman, J., Athenian Red Figure Vases, The Classical Period (London, 1989): FIG.232 (PART)
    Carpenter, T.H., with Mannack, T. and Mendonca, M., Beazley Addenda, 2nd edition (Oxford, 1989): 353
    Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum: OXFORD, ASHMOLEAN MUSEUM 1, 30-31, PL.(132) 40.3-5 View Whole CVA Plates
    Fogen, T. and Lee, M.M. (eds.), Bodies and boundaries in Graeco-Roman antiquity (Berlin, New York, 2009): 174, FIG.8 (A)
    Journal of Hellenic Studies: 25 (1905) 70
    Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae: VII, PL.620, THEANO I 14 (A,B)
    Lezzi-Hafter, A., Der Eretria-Maler, Werke und Weggefährten (Mainz, 1988): 239, FIG.82A (PROFILE), PL.160, NO.248
    Oakley, J.H., A Guide to Scenes of Daily Life on Athenian Vases (Madison, 2020): 30, FIG.1.32 (A)
    Vickers, M., Ancient Greek Pottery (Oxford, 1999): 56, NO.42 (COLOUR OF A AND B)
  • AVI Web:
  • AVI Record Number: 5921
  • LIMC ID: 9876
  • LIMC Web:
  • CAVI Collection: Oxford 537.
  • CAVI Lemma: RF pointed amphoriskos. Eretria Painter. Third quarter fifth. 430-425 (Lezzi-Hafter).
  • CAVI Subject: A: a seated mistress looking into a mirror. B: a maid (or the mother) stands frontally and looks to the left, with a sash and a small chest.
  • CAVI Inscriptions: A: to right and above the mistress's head: [---]ε{1}. B: to left and right of the maid's head: Θεαν^ο.
  • CAVI Footnotes: {1} name or καλη, Beazley. [--]ε[--], L.-H. On p. 242 n. 404a, she speculates on restoring Helene on A: she would be cared for by the motherly Theano. {2} the comparable name on the epinetron listed in CAVI 804 is Ερανω. Theano is listed in CAVI nos. 3490, 7697, and possibly 4972 (old woman [--]ο, retr., and 5459.
  • CAVI Comments: = G 303. Theano may be a sister, not necessarily a servant; the name occurs on the epinetron, Athens 1629 (so Beazley in CVA(2), but in ARV[2] he thinks of her as the bride's mother). Theano is both a mythological and a historical name, see Pape, PA 6636 and LGPN ii: Plut., Alc. 22,5, of 415 B.C.: ἐρήμην δ' αὐτοῦ (Alcibiades) καταγνόντες καὶ τὰ χρήματα δημεύσαντες, ἔτι καὶ καταρᾶσθαι προσεψηφίσαντο πάντας ἱερεῖς καὶ ἱερείας, ὧν μόνην φασὶ Θεανὼ τὴν Μένωνος Ἀγρυλῆθεν ἀντειπεῖν πρὸς τὸ ψήφισμα, φάσκουσαν εὐχῶν, οὐ καταρῶν ἱέρειαν (sc. of Demeter and Kore) γεγονέναι. This is somewhat later than our vase. The name is also found in PA 6637.
  • CAVI Number: 5921
  • AVI Bibliography: J.D. Beazley, CVA Oxford 1, Great Britain 3 (1927), pl. 40,3-5. — Beazley (1957a), 244. — ARV[2] (1963), 1248/10. — Para. (1971), 469. — Mingazzini (1975), pl. 50 (B, color). — Branigan–Vickers (1982), 181 (A, B, in color). — Lezzi-Hafter (1988), 242, 345/248, pl. 160 (160,b and e show inscriptions on B). — Add.[2] (1989), 353.
  • 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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