From:Teece Museum of Classical Antiquities
About this objectThis vase depicts a music scene. This may be a competition or a music lesson. However, school scenes are comparatively rare by this period.
A bearded male sits facing right on a chair and supports a lyre on his lap with his left hand; he has the plectrum (the ancient form of a guitar pick) in his right. He has a himation (cloak) draped about his lower body. In front of him, looking upwards and presumably singing, is a youth wrapped in a fine, bordered himation, turned three quarters to the left. On the left, behind the seated figure, stands another youth, standing three quarters to the right, leaning on a smooth staff and with his right hand on his hip; the left arm hangs loose. He has a himation rolled about his waist and hanging. All three figures wear wreaths, perhaps of laurel. An unidentified object is fixed to the wall in the field above the seated figure: it is long and seems to be supported by three brackets. Written along it is the inscription KAΛOΣ, meaning "beautiful". All the figures are barefoot.
In contrast Side B simply shows three draped youths. The central figure faces right and has his arms and hands completely covered within his cloak; the outer two are turned towards him and hold staffs in their right hands. They are barefoot.
Date Made450-400 BC
Medium and MaterialsCeramic: Pottery
Style and IconographyAttic
Style and IconographyRed-figure
TechniqueThrowing (pottery technique)
TechniqueSlip trailing (relief line)
MeasurementsHeight 294mm; Diameter 315mm.
Subject and Association KeywordsMusic in art
Named CollectionThe James Logie Memorial Collection, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
Credit LinePurchased, 1994.
Object TypeDrinking Vessels
Copyright LicenceAll rights reserved