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Greek Attic Red Figure Oinochoe

5th-4th century BC

An Attic red figure oinochoe with trefoil-mouth, of type 1 of the Beazley classification, representing a young naked athlete in prone position, the left leg resting on a stone, in the act of being cleaned with two strigils held by two of his companions, both dressed in a long cloak, or himation, enveloping their bodies, leaving only their feet uncovered; the rim of the neck is decorated with a series of eleven scales, forming a 'crown' for the scene. Fair condition, restored.

Provenance
Property of an East Sussex, UK, gentleman; formerly from a private collection, Dorset, UK, acquired on the European art market in the 1990s; accompanied by positive Kotalla Laboratory Thermoluminescence Report No.07CM108321.

Literature
See Richter, G.M.A, Milne, M.J., Shapes and Names of Athenian Vases, Metropolitan Museum of art, New York, 1935.

Footnotes
The strigil (in ancient Greek: στλέγγις, stléngis) was a metal tool used in ancient times, particularly by athletes and soldiers, to scrape away the mixture of oil and dust used for cleaning the body. This practice remained in vogue until the spread of soap in late antiquity. The strigil was an object comprising a handle and a curved blade, a configuration which remained almost unchanged over the centuries of its use. Among the Romans and the Greeks it was used exclusively by men, whilst among the Etruscans it was also used by women.