Agora Object: P 15233
Inventory Number:   P 15233
Section Number:   ΕΕ 235
Title:   Stand or Altar with Relief Decoration
Category:   Pottery
Description:   Nine joining fragments give rather more than half, but in a very fragmentary state; one small piece (of the upper moulding) does not join. Restored in plaster. The profile is complete. Small cylindrical stand (or altar, or bowl on stand) with moulded rims flaring above and below a broad figured zone and at the top a high plain vertical rim set in from the upper moulding. Inside, at the line of the start of the upper moulding, some remains of the cup floor (or fire box of altar). Decoration in low relief: on the upper moulding, dentils and ridges; on the lower moulding, debased Lesbian leaf between ridges. On the figured zone, three groups of two figures each: Priam, torn from his throne by Neoptolemos; next to right, a fully armed warrior pursuing a veiled woman who flees but looks back (Menelaus and Helen?): the armed figure does not appear on this piece save for a trace of his shield, but is well preserved on a second example from the same mould: P 15173 (ΕΕ 223). Beyond to the right, traces of a column or pillar, and the lower part of a draped female figure sinking to her knees beside it (Cassandra at the xoanon of Athena?); behind her, traces of an assailant.
The clay is pinkish; very soft and flaky. On some fragments a heavy white engobe is preserved, both outside, and inside on the upper (cup) part.
Context:   Cistern, dump.
Notebook Page:   365
Negatives:   Leica, 83-98, 87-11-29(30), 87-11-28(27)
PD Number:   PD 901-207, PD 1166
Dimensions:   H. 0.09; Diam. (base) 0.069, (flange) 0.065
Date:   May 1939
Section:   ΕΕ
Grid:   ΕΕ:53/Ε
Deposit:   N 21:4.3
Lot:   Lot ΕΕ 22
Period:   Greek
Bibliography:   JdI-EH 21 (1963), p. 65, n. 171.
    Hesperia 31 (1962), p. 262, no. 19, pl. 90.
References:   Publication: Hesperia 31 (1962)
Publication Page: Agora 29.1, s. 246, p. 207
Publication Page: Agora 29.1, s. 249, p. 210
Publication Page: Agora 29.1, s. 572, p. 533
Drawing: PD 901-207 (DA 8737)
Drawing: PD 1166 (DA 13285)
Images (5)
Deposit: N 21:4
Deposit: N 21:4.3
Card: P 15233
Card: P 15233
Card: P 15233