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2478, ATHENIAN, Würzburg, Universität, Martin von Wagner Museum, H5036

  • Vase Number: 2478
  • Fabric: ATHENIAN
  • Technique: BLACK-FIGURE
  • Date: -550 to -500
  • Inscriptions: Inscription: PHOMAIOI or PHOMAIOS
  • Last Recorded Collection: Würzburg, Universität, Martin von Wagner Museum: H5036
  • Publication Record: Archäologischer Anzeiger: 1968, 135, FIGS.18, 19
    Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum: WURZBURG, MARTIN VON WAGNER MUSEUM 1, 45-46, FIG.24, PL.(1922) 40.3 View Whole CVA Plates
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  • AVI Record Number: 8042
  • CAVI Collection: Würzburg H 5036.
  • CAVI Lemma: Fragmentary lip cup. Unattributed. Third quarter sixth. 550-530.
  • CAVI Subject: Lip: A and B: no figured decoration.
  • CAVI Inscriptions: A: handle zone: short and well centered: Ϙομαιο(ς){1}. B: Ϙομαιος{2}.
  • CAVI Footnotes: {1} Simon reads Ϙομαιοι, but considers it a known epithet of Apollo Komaios. The regular ending would be κομοιος, but cf. σκοτος/σκοταιος, χερσος/χερσαιος. The suggestion is originally Herter's. The last letter is a vertical stroke, which could be a simplified sigma (see above). {2} the last letter looked more like a sigma than that on A.
  • CAVI Comments: The photo (of A) is small, and my own readings are uncertain: ϙο(μ)αιοι (first reading); ϙομαιο(ς) (second reading). The first letter does not look much like a koppa unless the head attaches to the top left of the vertical; but CVA clearly indicates koppa. The mu on A seems to consist of a vertical plus Attic gamma. I originally thought a nonsense inscription more likely. The final sigma resembles iota in the facs., probably so on both sides. Lissarrague reads ϙομαιος and interprets it as `a vase for the komos,' or epithet of Apollo Komaios. LGPN ii has two proper names: Κομαιος (4 BC) and Κωμαιος (4/3 and 2 BC), but does not list the vase under either. Hölscher thinks the name is Komaios, a common name, for which he refers to Simon (1968), 135f, figs. 18-19 who discusses this vase. See further, L. Robert (1934), 26ff.; JHS 25 (1905) 116/32 (dedicatory inscription on a vase fr.). Κομαιος is also an epithet of Apollo: Simon, op. cit. 135f. She herself reads Ϙομαιοι: the known epithet of Apollo Komaios in the dative. Hölscher speculates that since the name recalls κωμος [but is it not from κωμη(?)] it is perhaps an anonymous dedication to the drinker, cf. RE, s.v. komos (Lamer). Could it be a kalos-name without kalos? [[Addenda: I originally thought more likely a nonsense inscription, although Κωμαιος is also a proper name: PA 8952-53 (4-3 BC and 2 BC).]]
  • CAVI Number: 8042
  • AVI Bibliography: BADB 2478. — Photos in Beazley Archive. — Simon (1968), 135/12, figs. 18-19. — F. Hölscher, CVA Würzburg 1, Germany 39 (1975), pl. 40,3 (A), fig. 24 (profile); p. 45, facs. of inscr., prob. of A). — AttScr (1990), no. 1074. — Lissarrague (1990a), 65 and n. 40, fig. 47H (sketch of inscription on A).
  • 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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