30. Komasts and athletes

The subjects are in Greek terms broadly ephebic, with paraphernalia reflecting either the post-symposiac komos, or the exercise ground (palaistra) or sometimes both. The komasts are mainly late archaic in posture, the athletes more 5th-century. All subjects are readily paralleled on Greek gems.

A. Komasts

West

30/1 Carthage no. 612. BH; on silver hoop B. Running youth. III

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30/2 Carthage no. 613. BH. Two running figures, probably dancing. III

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30/3 Cagliari 9527(?5), from Tharros. Atti I. Conv.Ital. pl. 13.4. BH. Youth looking back, holding a pipe (?), a knobbed stick behind him, a letter (gimel) before. III

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30/4 Cagliari 9509 (Spano 108), from Tharros. BH. Figure as the last; a bud before. III

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30/5 Cagliari 9462 (Spano 50), from Tharros. AG pl. 15.19. BH. Figure as the last; behind him a discus (?) on a stand. III

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30/6 Cagliari 19877, from Tharros. AG pl. 15.44. B? Youth looking back holding lyre and jug (?). I

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30/7 Cagliari 379, from Tharros. Anecd pl. 26.B28. BL; on silver hoop C. Kneeling youth holding cup. I

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30/8 Cagliari 9471 (Spano 21), from Tharros. AG pl. 15.46. BL. Kneeling youth holding wine amphora. III

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30/9 Cagliari 353, from Tharros. BH. Running youth holding cup and pipes (?). III/IV

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30/10 Cagliari 9474 (Spano 57), from Tharros. AG pl. 15.45. BH. Kneeling youth holding kantharos and jug. I

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30/11 Cagliari. AG pl. 15.21. BH. Running youth holding lyre and wreath. III

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30/12 From Caralis/Ibba. Taramelli, 162, fig. 78. BL. Kneeling youth holding cup and (?).

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30/13 Biggio pl. 21.6, from Sulcis. BH; on gold hoop. Youth walks holding cup to lips.

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30/14 Ibiza no. 209, pl. 33. BH. Running youth holding kantharos and jug (?).

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30/15 Ibiza no. 210, pl. 33 (Ibiza 6148). BH, half missing. Running (dancing?) youth. Frontal Bes head behind. IV

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30/16 Paris, Louvre AO 17249, from Ras Shamra, R.A. Stucky, Ras Shamra. Leukos Limen (1983) pl. 27.2. BL. Dancer? Gouged. IV

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30/17 Cambridge no. 42, 'acquired in Egypt'. BH;PB. Running youth holding cup and jug. I

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30/18 Bollmann Coll., 'from Eretria'. BH; gable back. Running youth holding jug and raising a cup to his lips.

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30/19 New York, Rosen 209. MM Liste 450 (1982) no. 418. BH. Kneeling youth holding flower (or cup) and staff. III

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30/20 Cambridge no. 16. GGFR pl. 416. BH. Kneeling youth holding lyre and cock.

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30/21 Bonn, Müller Coll. BH. Kneeling youth looking back, holding lyre.

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30/22 Rome 107994. RPA 30/31 (1957/9) 226. fig. 8. BL. Youth holding lyre (?).

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B. Athletes

West

30/23 Gibraltar 28, from Gorham's Cave. AJBA 2 (1972) 135, fig. 3 (Culican); Lopez de la Orden, no. 21. BH. Naked youth stoops to scrape his shin with a strigil; aryballos (?) behind him. Cf. AGGems pl. 17.259.

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30/24 Carthage no. 608. Quillard, no. 70, pl. 7b. BH;EXCR. Youth washing hair at a laver. In this form most like Etruscan representations of 'Peleus' on scarabs, LIMC VII (1994) 252

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30/25 Carthage no. 610. BH. Youth with legs crossed leaning on stick, holding oil bottle. III

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30/26 Spano Coll., from Tharros. BAS 10, * 14- *. Man leaning on stick, offering a bird to a dog who turns to take it. A popular motif on Greek gems, as AGGems nos. 285-6, 317, and grave stelai.

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30/27 Cagliari. AG pl. 15.53. Standing youth, hand to foot raised behind him, holding (?).

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30/28 Biggio pl. 20.5, from Sulcis. BH;PB; top half missing. Youth leans on stick, hand (?) behind him, holding in front a bag or aryballos.

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East

30/29 Paris, Bibl.Nat., de Clercq (E 25929). BH. Youth stands leaning on a stick, holding an aryballos, a dog before him; he fastens the sandal on his left foot, raised behind him.

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Other

30/30 Once Middleton Collection, and market (Christies, London, 1980). BH. Standing youth, looking back, scrapes his thigh with a strigil. I

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30/31 Amsterdam 7900. B? Standing youth with hand raised. III

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Other materials

Type A

30/X1 Ibiza no. 239 (Madrid 37239). Blue glass. Running youth holding lyre and cock.

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30/X2 Karthago II, no. 651. Clay bulla. RM 100 (1993) pl. 63.1. BH;EXnb. Running youth holding kantharos.

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30/X3 Karthago II, no. 652. Clay bulla. BH. Dancing?

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30/X4 Karthago II, no. 653. Clay bulla. BH. Dancing?

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30/X5 Senorbi Museum, from Monte Luna, Punic cemetery. RSF 11 (1983) pl. 41.3 (Costa); Archeo 78 (1991) 30. Cornelian. Youth running, with flower.

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Type B

30/X6 Carthage no. 672. Quillard, no. 68, pl. 7b. Cornelian, on gold hoop. BH. Youth in chlamys leans on stick, holding up flower (?).

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