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    Pottery black figure column-krater. Designs black on drab ground, with incised lines and purple accessories. On the rim, zigzag lines; on the top of each handle, a cock to left. On the body, two bands of design:
    1. (a) Hephaestos' return to Olympos: On the left two Seileni to right, the front one carrying an askos (small vessel) over his shoulder, and an oinochoe in right hand; next, Dionysos to right, bearded, in long white sleeved chiton, over which is a purple chiton heteromaschalos (one shouldered), and himation, in left hand a keras. In front of Hephaestos riding on a mule to right, looking back; he is bearded, with a purple chiton, and keras (drinking horn) in right hand. Next, a Seilenos in the archaic attitude to right, looking to left, with spear (?) in left hand; above his head, keras; he is preceded by two Seileni conversing, in short purple chitons, the first holding a keras. All have long hair and fillets ; the faces are painted purple with the exception of Hephaestos, and the last figure on the right.
    (b) Combat of two warriors, armed with helmet, shield, and spear: The one on the right has been beaten down on one knee to right, and wounded in the left thigh; purple drops of blood are visible; he looks back at his opponent. On the right is a charioteer in a quadriga to right, with long hair, fillet, and long purple chiton; at his back is slung a shield, and he holds the reins and a goad. On the reins is perched an owl to left, with face to the front ; above a lizard to left; in front a swan to left. Under each handle is a Siren to left, with wings back-to-back, long hair, and fillet.
    2. Frieze of animals: Cretan goat to right between panthers; goat and panther confronted; and a large bird to left, apparently an owl.


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    • 600BC-575BC (circa)
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  • Findspot

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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 33 centimetres
    • Width: 40.4 centimetres
    • Weight: 3.5 kilograms
  • Curator's comments

    BM Cat. Vases

    For a similar representation of the scene cf. the Francois vase (Mon. dell’ Inst. iv. 55). For representations of owls and Sirens, cf. BM B601, 24 and Berlin No. 1655.

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    • Vase B42 bibliographic details
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    Greek & Roman Antiquities

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Pottery column-krater: Hephaistos returns to Olympus escorted by Dionysos and his companions. Some of the dancers are wearing padded costumes. On the other side, combat of two warriors and a frieze of animals.

Pottery column-krater: Hephaistos returns to Olympus escorted by Dionysos and his companions. Some of the dancers are wearing padded costumes. On the other side, combat of two warriors and a frieze of animals.

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