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463, ATHENIAN, Paris, Musée du Louvre, Paris, Musée du Louvre, L4

  • Vase Number: 463
  • Fabric: ATHENIAN
  • Technique: BLACK-FIGURE
  • Shape Name: PLAQUE
  • Provenance: GREECE, ATTICA, KOLIAS
  • Date: -525 to -475
  • Attributed To: SAPPHO P by HASPELS
  • Last Recorded Collection: Paris, Musée du Louvre: MNB905
  • Previous Collections:
    • Paris, Musée du Louvre: L4
  • Publication Record: American Journal of Archaeology: 95 (1991), 630, FIG.1
    Angiolillo, S., and Giuman, M. (eds.), Imago, Studi di iconografia antica (Cagliari, 2007): 40, FIG.10
    Archäologischer Anzeiger: 1977, 596, FIG.21
    Arrigoni, G. (ed.), Le donne in Grecia (Bari, 1985): 226, PL.7
    Beihefte zum Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum Deutschland: IV (2009) 95, FIG.4
    Benndorf, O., Griechische und sicilische Vasenbilder (Berlin, 1883): PL.1 (DRAWING)
    Boardman, J., Athenian Black Figure Vases (London, 1974): FIG.265
    Boardman, J., The history of Greek vases: potters, painters and pictures (London, 2001): 229, FIG.250
    Charbonneaux, J., Martin, R., and Villard, F., Archaic Greek Art (London, 1971): 311, FIG.356
    Chiarini, S., The so-called Nonsense Inscriptions on Ancient Greek Vases, Between Paideia and Paidiá (Leiden, 2018): 138, FIG.27 (COLOUR OF OV)
    Cohen, A. and Rutter, J.B. (eds.), Constructions of childhood in ancient Greece and Italy, Hesperia Supplement 41 (Princeton, 2007): 91, FIG.4.2
    Delavaud-Roux, M-H., Les danses pacifiques en Grece antique (Aix-en-Provence, 1994): 126, NO.54 (DRAWING OF PART)
    Duby, G., Perrot, M. (eds.), Histoire des femmes (Plon, 1991): 187, FIG.14 (DRAWING)
    Evans Grubbs, J., and Parkin, T. (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Childhood and Education in the Classical World (Oxford, 2013): 202, FIG.9.1
    Fantham, E. et al., Women in the Classical World, Image and Text (New York, 1994): 48, FIG.1.13
    Foxhall, L. and Salmon, J. (eds.), When men were men, Masculinity, power and identity in classical antiquity (London, 1998): 35, FIG.1.17
    Haack, M-C. (ed.), Ecritures, cultures, societes dans les necropoles d'Italie ancienne (Bordeaux 2009): 69, FIG.2
    Haspels, C.H.E., Attic Black-figured Lekythoi (Paris, 1936): 229.58
    Huf, L., Frauen jenseits der Konvention: Alterszüge, Tätowierungen und afrikanische Physiognomien im Frauenbild attischer Vasen des 5. Jahrhunderts v. Chr. (Munich, 2018): 172, FIG.64 (COLOUR)
    Kurtz, D. & Boardman, J., Greek Burial Customs (London, 1971): PL.33
    Kurtz, D.C. and Boardman, J., Thanatos, Tod und Jenseits bei den Griechen (Mainz, 1985): 171, FIG.50
    Laxander, H., Individuum und Gemeinschaft im Fest, Untersuchungen zu attischen Darstellungen von Festgeschehen im 6. und frühen 5. Jahrhundert v. Chr. (Münster, 2000): PL.51
    Matheson, S.B. and Pollitt, J.J., Old Age in Greek and Roman Art (Yale, 2022): 203, APP.3 (COLOUR OF OV)
    Mitteilungen des Deutschen Archäologischen Instituts, Athenische Abteilung: 53 (1928), BEIL.11
    Mommsen, H., Exekias I, Die Grabtafeln (Mainz, 1998): BEILAGE C
    Neils, J. and Oakley, J.H. (eds.), Coming of Age in Ancient Greece, Images of Childhood from the Classical Past (New Haven, 2003): 165, FIG.3
    Oakley, J.H., A Guide to Scenes of Daily Life on Athenian Vases (Madison, 2020): PL.31 (COLOUR OF OV)
    Perrot, G., Chipiez, C., Histoire de l'art dans l'antiquite, vols. IX-X (Paris, 1911-14): IX, 257, FIG.118
    Pfisterer-Haas, S., Darstellungen alter Frauen in der griechischen Kunst (Frankfurt, 1989): 177, FIG.26
    Ruhfel, H., Das Kind in der Griechischen Kunst (Mainz, 1984): 41, FIG.14
    Rumpf, A., Die Religion der Griechen (Leipzig, 1928): FIG.181 (DRAWING)
    Scheibler, I., Griechische Malerei der Antike (Munich, 1994): 131, FIG.59
    Seifert, M., Dazugehören, Kinder in Kulten und Festen von Oikos und Phratrie. Bildanalysen zu attischen Sozialisonsstufen des 6. bis 4. Jahrhunderts v. Chr. (Stuttgart, 2011): FIG.3
    Smith, T.J. and Plantzos, D. (eds.), A Companion to Greek Art (Malden, 2012): II, 489, FIG.24.4
  • AVI Web:
  • AVI Record Number: 6698
  • LIMC ID: 202934
  • LIMC Web:
  • CAVI Collection: Paris, Louvre MNB 905.
  • CAVI Lemma: BF plaque. From Kolias. Sappho Painter. First quarter fifth. Ca. 500 (Boardman).
  • CAVI Subject: Prothesis: a male on a kline surrounded by mourning women; at left, chorus of men, and column. Boardman: the mother rests her right hand by the deceased's head; the small sister mourns by the head of the bier; a taller girl is by the foot; a baby boy is behind her beside a stool; at left, a white column stands before the approaching men.
  • CAVI Inscriptions: Boardman's readings: among approaching men is αδελφος; they are greeted by πατερ, who faces them at the foot of the bier; the μετερ holds her dead son's head [I trust B. is right to call the dead a male]; beside her, her second daughter, αδελφε; at head of bier stands θεθε [for τηθη], the grandmother; three mourners are called aunts, θεθις [for τηθις, father's or mother's sister], one of them, on the father's side, προσπατρ[ρος] [printed as one word by B.]{1}. Also: οιμοι and οιμιοι. λοσυτοσ and λοσυτ are read below the bier and by the column; both words are nonsense; ο[.]ελοσα̣(2) appears before the aunt at the right (the last perserved letter should be alpha, perhaps followed by more), just possible is ωφελουσα, `rendering service,' "or something from the ομηλ- root might fit the context", but it is probably nonsense. Typical of nonsense inscriptions on Sappho Painter's funerary works are: on this plaque: λοσυτ, λοσυτοσ, ο.ελοσα; On Louvre E 734: λοστοστ, λοσ, λοστσ. Acr. 2569: λολοσλοσ, with other inscriptions (this can be used for attr. to Sappho Ptr.) Column krater in Carlsruhe (Haspels 228/57) has: λισλισ, etc. Athens, Vlasto MVB 55 (B., no. 29, q.v.): the inscription corresponding to Louvre MNB 905's λοσυτοσ may be λο...
  • CAVI Footnotes: {1} My reading from a photo: (1)προσπατο̣◊̣, i.e. πρὸς πατρό̣[ς], an aunt on the father's side? {2} I read from the photo: οδ̣εγοσυ[--], retr., with space for 3+ letters.
  • CAVI Comments: = L 4. The inscriptions done from the photos. They include not only names, but also nonsense inscriptions, perhaps imitating wailing. I am not sure I have read all the inscriptions.
  • CAVI Number: 6698
  • AVI Bibliography: BADB 463 (much bibl.). — Photos. — Benndorf (1868–83), pl. 1 (dr.). — Sittl (1890), 67, fig. 1. — Kretschmer (1894), 150. — Perrot–Chipiez (1911), 257, fig. 118. — Zschietzschmann (1928), 40/37, Beilage 11 (very good picture = photo Giraudon 25,827) (bibl.). — Haspels (1936), 229/58. — Boardman (1955), 62/28. — Kurtz–Boardman (1971), 144, fig. 33. — Boardman (1974), fig. 265. — Gropengiesser (1977), 596-97 and fig. 21 (small) (bibl. n. 51). — CAH 4(2) (1988), plate volume, 167-68, fig. 217. — Shapiro (1991), 630, fig. 1 (shows inscriptions).
  • 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: 37.822802,23.779907
  • Pleiades Coordinates: 37.875,23.625

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