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Case 6: Greek Vases

Looking at Greek Vases II: restoration

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Drinking cup (kylix): How much of this is ancient

Like many Greek pots, this cup has been restored more than once. This photograph shows what it looked like in 1936. Some parts (including the charioteer's whip and his chariot wheel) have since been altered. Does this make the scene easier to understand? Do we have enough evidence to restore the image more fully? Examination of the cup under ultraviolet light reveals details invisible to the naked eye. The streaky, orange fluorescence shows that parts of the black background have been varnished with shellac (natural resin)- probably to enhance the colour and gloss. Adhesives and paints used for restoration show up as blue and green.

The painter of this vase was one of the wider circle of the Nikosthenes Painter.

Production place: Athens
Date: around  525–500 BC
Find spot: Vulci, Etruria Italy
Fired Clay, red-figure technique
Bequeathed by Shannon, C.H.
Ricketts and Shannon Collection

Object Number: GR.17.1937

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