Dipylon pitcher & cup by Unknown Artist

These vases belong to the later stage of geometric pottery, in which figure subjects are shown in combination with maeanders, chequers and other strictly geometric decorations.


Acquired in:
Presented by:
Sir Henry H Howorth through The Art Fund

1) Pitcher with lid - in the centre is a large object covered with a chequer pattern, possibly a table, an altar or perhaps a tomb. At each end of the large object is a seated figure holding an object in each hand. The action suggests spinning, but there is no clear indication that this was the artist's intention; 2) A cup with one handle - At each end of the maeander is a square panel, one portraying a long-horned Cretan goat, the other, two Cretan goats rearing, often found in Mycenaean art.

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British Museum Great Russell Street, LONDON London WC1B 3DG 020 7323 8181 www.britishmuseum.org

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