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Pottery: black-figured amphora. Dresses richly embroidered with white rosettes, purple spots, and rows of small white dots. On the shoulder, tongue-pattern and lotos-buds inverted. 
On the neck, two designs: (a) In the centre, a male figure moving to right, looking back, with arms raised; he has long hair, with a tress in front of the ear, short purple chiton and embroidered chlamys over his arms. On the left is a bearded male figure to right with long purple chiton and embroidered himation, hands raised as if in surprise; on the right a similar figure to left, with an embroidered chlamys hanging from right arm, which is raised, (b) Similar design; the figure on the right has a short purple chiton; the central figure none.
Round the body of the vase, two apparently progressive incidents, in which the principal figure is a warrior accompanied by a deer: (a) In the centre a male figure to right, bearded, with long hair, beaded fillet, long purple chiton and embroidered himation, offers a pomegranate to a warrior who hastens to right, looking back and holding out right hand as if declining it. The latter has long hair, visored helmet, short purple chiton, cuirass ornamented with patterns with a skin underneath, greaves, sword, and shield on which is coiled a snake in high relief. On either side of the first figure is a dog to left, in front of the warrior a fawn to right, all three looking back. On the left is a male figure to right bearded, with long hair, fillet, long purple chiton, and embroidered himation, conversing (?) with a male figure moving to right, who looks back at him, with right hand raised. The latter has long hair falling in front of his ears, fillet, short embroidered chiton, and embroidered chlamys over his arm. On the right is a bearded male figure to left, with long hair, fillet, long chiton and himation, both embroidered, and right hand raised. Behind him a male figure departing to right, looking back, with right arm raised; he has long hair, fillet, and an embroidered chlamys over right arm.
(b) Similar scene: In the centre group, the first male figure has left hand raised, but no pomegranate; the warrior has no shield. The dogs are differently placed, one on the left to right with left forepaw raised and tail curled over his back, the other on the right looking back. On the left are figures similar to those on the obverse, the one on the extreme left a beardless youth with long tresses, beaded fillet, and embroidered chlamys on right arm. On the right, the first figure has a plain purple chiton, and in left hand a ring or wreath; the figure behind him is turned to left.
Round the bottom of the handles is a tongue-pattern ending in volutes; below them, on the one side a Sphinx to left looking back, with long hair, fillet, wings recurved, and right paw raised. On the other side is a small beardless male figure to right, nude, with long hair and a fillet.

Museum number

1843,1103.62

Description

Side: right

Pottery: black-figured amphora. Dresses richly embroidered with white rosettes, purple spots, and rows of small white dots. On the shoulder, tongue-pattern and lotos-buds inverted. On the neck, two designs: (a) In the centre, a male figure moving to right, looking back, with arms raised; he has long hair, with a tress in front of the ear, short purple chiton and embroidered chlamys over his arms. On the left is a bearded male figure to right with long purple chiton and embroidered himation, hands raised as if in surprise; on the right a similar figure to left, with an embroidered chlamys hanging from right arm, which is raised, (b) Similar design; the figure on the right has a short purple chiton; the central figure none. Round the body of the vase, two apparently progressive incidents, in which the principal figure is a warrior accompanied by a deer: (a) In the centre a male figure to right, bearded, with long hair, beaded fillet, long purple chiton and embroidered himation, offers a pomegranate to a warrior who hastens to right, looking back and holding out right hand as if declining it. The latter has long hair, visored helmet, short purple chiton, cuirass ornamented with patterns with a skin underneath, greaves, sword, and shield on which is coiled a snake in high relief. On either side of the first figure is a dog to left, in front of the warrior a fawn to right, all three looking back. On the left is a male figure to right bearded, with long hair, fillet, long purple chiton, and embroidered himation, conversing (?) with a male figure moving to right, who looks back at him, with right hand raised. The latter has long hair falling in front of his ears, fillet, short embroidered chiton, and embroidered chlamys over his arm. On the right is a bearded male figure to left, with long hair, fillet, long chiton and himation, both embroidered, and right hand raised. Behind him a male figure departing to right, looking back, with right arm raised; he has long hair, fillet, and an embroidered chlamys over right arm. (b) Similar scene: In the centre group, the first male figure has left hand raised, but no pomegranate; the warrior has no shield. The dogs are differently placed, one on the left to right with left forepaw raised and tail curled over his back, the other on the right looking back. On the left are figures similar to those on the obverse, the one on the extreme left a beardless youth with long tresses, beaded fillet, and embroidered chlamys on right arm. On the right, the first figure has a plain purple chiton, and in left hand a ring or wreath; the figure behind him is turned to left. Round the bottom of the handles is a tongue-pattern ending in volutes; below them, on the one side a Sphinx to left looking back, with long hair, fillet, wings recurved, and right paw raised. On the other side is a small beardless male figure to right, nude, with long hair and a fillet.

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  • Pottery: black-figured amphora. Dresses richly embroidered with white rosettes, purple spots, and rows of small white dots. On the shoulder, tongue-pattern and lotos-buds inverted. 
On the neck, two designs: (a) In the centre, a male figure moving to right, looking back, with arms raised; he has long hair, with a tress in front of the ear, short purple chiton and embroidered chlamys over his arms. On the left is a bearded male figure to right with long purple chiton and embroidered himation, hands raised as if in surprise; on the right a similar figure to left, with an embroidered chlamys hanging from right arm, which is raised, (b) Similar design; the figure on the right has a short purple chiton; the central figure none.
Round the body of the vase, two apparently progressive incidents, in which the principal figure is a warrior accompanied by a deer: (a) In the centre a male figure to right, bearded, with long hair, beaded fillet, long purple chiton and embroidered himation, offers a pomegranate to a warrior who hastens to right, looking back and holding out right hand as if declining it. The latter has long hair, visored helmet, short purple chiton, cuirass ornamented with patterns with a skin underneath, greaves, sword, and shield on which is coiled a snake in high relief. On either side of the first figure is a dog to left, in front of the warrior a fawn to right, all three looking back. On the left is a male figure to right bearded, with long hair, fillet, long purple chiton, and embroidered himation, conversing (?) with a male figure moving to right, who looks back at him, with right hand raised. The latter has long hair falling in front of his ears, fillet, short embroidered chiton, and embroidered chlamys over his arm. On the right is a bearded male figure to left, with long hair, fillet, long chiton and himation, both embroidered, and right hand raised. Behind him a male figure departing to right, looking back, with right arm raised; he has long hair, fillet, and an embroidered chlamys over right arm.
(b) Similar scene: In the centre group, the first male figure has left hand raised, but no pomegranate; the warrior has no shield. The dogs are differently placed, one on the left to right with left forepaw raised and tail curled over his back, the other on the right looking back. On the left are figures similar to those on the obverse, the one on the extreme left a beardless youth with long tresses, beaded fillet, and embroidered chlamys on right arm. On the right, the first figure has a plain purple chiton, and in left hand a ring or wreath; the figure behind him is turned to left.
Round the bottom of the handles is a tongue-pattern ending in volutes; below them, on the one side a Sphinx to left looking back, with long hair, fillet, wings recurved, and right paw raised. On the other side is a small beardless male figure to right, nude, with long hair and a fillet.

    Full: Front

  • Pottery: black-figured amphora. Dresses richly embroidered with white rosettes, purple spots, and rows of small white dots. On the shoulder, tongue-pattern and lotos-buds inverted. 
On the neck, two designs: (a) In the centre, a male figure moving to right, looking back, with arms raised; he has long hair, with a tress in front of the ear, short purple chiton and embroidered chlamys over his arms. On the left is a bearded male figure to right with long purple chiton and embroidered himation, hands raised as if in surprise; on the right a similar figure to left, with an embroidered chlamys hanging from right arm, which is raised, (b) Similar design; the figure on the right has a short purple chiton; the central figure none.
Round the body of the vase, two apparently progressive incidents, in which the principal figure is a warrior accompanied by a deer: (a) In the centre a male figure to right, bearded, with long hair, beaded fillet, long purple chiton and embroidered himation, offers a pomegranate to a warrior who hastens to right, looking back and holding out right hand as if declining it. The latter has long hair, visored helmet, short purple chiton, cuirass ornamented with patterns with a skin underneath, greaves, sword, and shield on which is coiled a snake in high relief. On either side of the first figure is a dog to left, in front of the warrior a fawn to right, all three looking back. On the left is a male figure to right bearded, with long hair, fillet, long purple chiton, and embroidered himation, conversing (?) with a male figure moving to right, who looks back at him, with right hand raised. The latter has long hair falling in front of his ears, fillet, short embroidered chiton, and embroidered chlamys over his arm. On the right is a bearded male figure to left, with long hair, fillet, long chiton and himation, both embroidered, and right hand raised. Behind him a male figure departing to right, looking back, with right arm raised; he has long hair, fillet, and an embroidered chlamys over right arm.
(b) Similar scene: In the centre group, the first male figure has left hand raised, but no pomegranate; the warrior has no shield. The dogs are differently placed, one on the left to right with left forepaw raised and tail curled over his back, the other on the right looking back. On the left are figures similar to those on the obverse, the one on the extreme left a beardless youth with long tresses, beaded fillet, and embroidered chlamys on right arm. On the right, the first figure has a plain purple chiton, and in left hand a ring or wreath; the figure behind him is turned to left.
Round the bottom of the handles is a tongue-pattern ending in volutes; below them, on the one side a Sphinx to left looking back, with long hair, fillet, wings recurved, and right paw raised. On the other side is a small beardless male figure to right, nude, with long hair and a fillet.

    Full: Back

  • Pottery: black-figured amphora. Dresses richly embroidered with white rosettes, purple spots, and rows of small white dots. On the shoulder, tongue-pattern and lotos-buds inverted. 
On the neck, two designs: (a) In the centre, a male figure moving to right, looking back, with arms raised; he has long hair, with a tress in front of the ear, short purple chiton and embroidered chlamys over his arms. On the left is a bearded male figure to right with long purple chiton and embroidered himation, hands raised as if in surprise; on the right a similar figure to left, with an embroidered chlamys hanging from right arm, which is raised, (b) Similar design; the figure on the right has a short purple chiton; the central figure none.
Round the body of the vase, two apparently progressive incidents, in which the principal figure is a warrior accompanied by a deer: (a) In the centre a male figure to right, bearded, with long hair, beaded fillet, long purple chiton and embroidered himation, offers a pomegranate to a warrior who hastens to right, looking back and holding out right hand as if declining it. The latter has long hair, visored helmet, short purple chiton, cuirass ornamented with patterns with a skin underneath, greaves, sword, and shield on which is coiled a snake in high relief. On either side of the first figure is a dog to left, in front of the warrior a fawn to right, all three looking back. On the left is a male figure to right bearded, with long hair, fillet, long purple chiton, and embroidered himation, conversing (?) with a male figure moving to right, who looks back at him, with right hand raised. The latter has long hair falling in front of his ears, fillet, short embroidered chiton, and embroidered chlamys over his arm. On the right is a bearded male figure to left, with long hair, fillet, long chiton and himation, both embroidered, and right hand raised. Behind him a male figure departing to right, looking back, with right arm raised; he has long hair, fillet, and an embroidered chlamys over right arm.
(b) Similar scene: In the centre group, the first male figure has left hand raised, but no pomegranate; the warrior has no shield. The dogs are differently placed, one on the left to right with left forepaw raised and tail curled over his back, the other on the right looking back. On the left are figures similar to those on the obverse, the one on the extreme left a beardless youth with long tresses, beaded fillet, and embroidered chlamys on right arm. On the right, the first figure has a plain purple chiton, and in left hand a ring or wreath; the figure behind him is turned to left.
Round the bottom of the handles is a tongue-pattern ending in volutes; below them, on the one side a Sphinx to left looking back, with long hair, fillet, wings recurved, and right paw raised. On the other side is a small beardless male figure to right, nude, with long hair and a fillet.

    Full: Front

  • Pottery: black-figured amphora. Dresses richly embroidered with white rosettes, purple spots, and rows of small white dots. On the shoulder, tongue-pattern and lotos-buds inverted. 
On the neck, two designs: (a) In the centre, a male figure moving to right, looking back, with arms raised; he has long hair, with a tress in front of the ear, short purple chiton and embroidered chlamys over his arms. On the left is a bearded male figure to right with long purple chiton and embroidered himation, hands raised as if in surprise; on the right a similar figure to left, with an embroidered chlamys hanging from right arm, which is raised, (b) Similar design; the figure on the right has a short purple chiton; the central figure none.
Round the body of the vase, two apparently progressive incidents, in which the principal figure is a warrior accompanied by a deer: (a) In the centre a male figure to right, bearded, with long hair, beaded fillet, long purple chiton and embroidered himation, offers a pomegranate to a warrior who hastens to right, looking back and holding out right hand as if declining it. The latter has long hair, visored helmet, short purple chiton, cuirass ornamented with patterns with a skin underneath, greaves, sword, and shield on which is coiled a snake in high relief. On either side of the first figure is a dog to left, in front of the warrior a fawn to right, all three looking back. On the left is a male figure to right bearded, with long hair, fillet, long purple chiton, and embroidered himation, conversing (?) with a male figure moving to right, who looks back at him, with right hand raised. The latter has long hair falling in front of his ears, fillet, short embroidered chiton, and embroidered chlamys over his arm. On the right is a bearded male figure to left, with long hair, fillet, long chiton and himation, both embroidered, and right hand raised. Behind him a male figure departing to right, looking back, with right arm raised; he has long hair, fillet, and an embroidered chlamys over right arm.
(b) Similar scene: In the centre group, the first male figure has left hand raised, but no pomegranate; the warrior has no shield. The dogs are differently placed, one on the left to right with left forepaw raised and tail curled over his back, the other on the right looking back. On the left are figures similar to those on the obverse, the one on the extreme left a beardless youth with long tresses, beaded fillet, and embroidered chlamys on right arm. On the right, the first figure has a plain purple chiton, and in left hand a ring or wreath; the figure behind him is turned to left.
Round the bottom of the handles is a tongue-pattern ending in volutes; below them, on the one side a Sphinx to left looking back, with long hair, fillet, wings recurved, and right paw raised. On the other side is a small beardless male figure to right, nude, with long hair and a fillet.

    Side : left

  • Pottery: black-figured amphora. Dresses richly embroidered with white rosettes, purple spots, and rows of small white dots. On the shoulder, tongue-pattern and lotos-buds inverted. 
On the neck, two designs: (a) In the centre, a male figure moving to right, looking back, with arms raised; he has long hair, with a tress in front of the ear, short purple chiton and embroidered chlamys over his arms. On the left is a bearded male figure to right with long purple chiton and embroidered himation, hands raised as if in surprise; on the right a similar figure to left, with an embroidered chlamys hanging from right arm, which is raised, (b) Similar design; the figure on the right has a short purple chiton; the central figure none.
Round the body of the vase, two apparently progressive incidents, in which the principal figure is a warrior accompanied by a deer: (a) In the centre a male figure to right, bearded, with long hair, beaded fillet, long purple chiton and embroidered himation, offers a pomegranate to a warrior who hastens to right, looking back and holding out right hand as if declining it. The latter has long hair, visored helmet, short purple chiton, cuirass ornamented with patterns with a skin underneath, greaves, sword, and shield on which is coiled a snake in high relief. On either side of the first figure is a dog to left, in front of the warrior a fawn to right, all three looking back. On the left is a male figure to right bearded, with long hair, fillet, long purple chiton, and embroidered himation, conversing (?) with a male figure moving to right, who looks back at him, with right hand raised. The latter has long hair falling in front of his ears, fillet, short embroidered chiton, and embroidered chlamys over his arm. On the right is a bearded male figure to left, with long hair, fillet, long chiton and himation, both embroidered, and right hand raised. Behind him a male figure departing to right, looking back, with right arm raised; he has long hair, fillet, and an embroidered chlamys over right arm.
(b) Similar scene: In the centre group, the first male figure has left hand raised, but no pomegranate; the warrior has no shield. The dogs are differently placed, one on the left to right with left forepaw raised and tail curled over his back, the other on the right looking back. On the left are figures similar to those on the obverse, the one on the extreme left a beardless youth with long tresses, beaded fillet, and embroidered chlamys on right arm. On the right, the first figure has a plain purple chiton, and in left hand a ring or wreath; the figure behind him is turned to left.
Round the bottom of the handles is a tongue-pattern ending in volutes; below them, on the one side a Sphinx to left looking back, with long hair, fillet, wings recurved, and right paw raised. On the other side is a small beardless male figure to right, nude, with long hair and a fillet.

    Side: right