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9016501, ATHENIAN, Athens, Agora Museum, P8842

  • Vase Number: 9016501
  • Fabric: ATHENIAN
  • Technique: BLACK GLAZE
  • Shape Name: OLPE, FRAGMENT
  • Provenance: GREECE, ATHENS
  • Date: -525 to -475
  • Last Recorded Collection: Athens, Agora Museum: P8842
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  • AVI Record Number: 396
  • CAVI Collection: Athens, Agora P 8842.
  • CAVI Lemma: Fragmentary BG olpe (oinochoe). From Athens. Unattributed. Early fifth.
  • CAVI Subject: Undecorated.
  • CAVI Inscriptions: On the shoulder, just below the neck and starting to right of the handle, Gr.: μhετριο.
  • CAVI Comments: A small vase. The rho nearly D-shaped. Lang reads μηετριο, a measure (medium-sized jug, or referring to the contents, not strong or weak); her eta is a misunderstanding of the combination mu-heta (cf. e.g. Sparkes–Talcott (1970), p. 380). She does not discuss the ending, which seems unlikely at this early date, but Sparkes–Talcott (1970) compares a (possibly Attic) olpe from Rhodes (Clara Rhodos 3, 111, pl. 3) which has the BG Dip. μεττριο [sic]. Nevertheless, a reading Μhετρ[ο]ιο is intriguing: the olpe was found in a well containing many olpae (perhaps a cleanup from a public buiding, see Sparkes–Talcott (1970), p. 288, E 14: 5), in an area to the South of where the archaic Metroon was probably situated, and the rho has a shape somewhat resembling an omicron. The olpe would have been the property of the Metroon. A proper name Μετριος does not seem to occur; compare however Agora P 8848, which has Α[--] in the same position on a similar vase. For μh, cf. μhεσ[σ]οι, IG i/3. 1023 = i/2. 837, Threatte (1996), 330.
  • CAVI Number: 0396
  • AVI Bibliography: Sparkes–Talcott (1970), 78, n. 12 and 380. — Lang (1976), 59/Ha 1, pl. 32 (dr.).
  • 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: 37.976173,23.72519
  • Pleiades Coordinates: 37.9751764678,23.7263451721

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