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O21.11 SIREN

Siren | Campanian red figure vase painting
Museum Collection British Museum, London
Catalogue No. London 1867,0508.1181
Beazley Archive No. N/A
Ware Campanian Red Figure
Shape Lekythos
Painter Attributed to the Danaid Painter
Date ca. 340 -320 B.C.
Period Late Classical


The Siren has the head of a woman and the body of a bird. Her hair is tied back with a ribbon and she wears a stephane crown. The painter may have had a specific bird in mind--the speckled breast pattern suggests a starling, a bird famed for its delightful song.