The asses’ lot
Louise Calder

Boetian Kabeitic skyphos

Fig. 1. Boeotian Kabeiric skyphos, ca.400 BC. Two galloping, wreathed asses
draw a cart in a parody of a wedding procession. Athens, National Museum 424.
Photograph: Louise Calder.
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Attic black figure plaque fragements dated 550-500 BC.

Fig. 2. Attic black-figure plaque fragments dated 550-500 BC. A funerary procession
including a cart drawn by mules. Berlin, Antikensammlung Staatliche Museen F1814.
bpk / Antikensammlung Staatliche Museen zu Berlin.
Photograph: Ingrid Geske.
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Attic black-figure plaque fragments dated 550-500 BC

Fig. 3. Attic black-figure plaque fragments dated 550-500 BC. A funerary
procession with two horses. Berlin, Antikensammlung Staatliche Museen F1819.
bpk / Antikensammlung Staatliche Museen zu Berlin.
Photograph: Ingrid Geske.
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Gold ring bezel dated 400-350 BC

Fig. 4. Gold ring bezel dated 400-350 BC. Boston, Museum of Fine Arts 27.701.
An emaciated ass. Photograph of cast in Beazley, J.D.,
The Lewes House Collection of Ancient Gems: (now at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston),
(Oxford, 2002), pl.83.
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