Pottery: black-figured lekythos. B634. LEKYTHOS. Old No. 614. Stuart Sale, 1841, Lot 4.22. Corey, Amaz. Ant. Fig. p.15. Slightly damaged and restored. On the shoulder, lotus-buds (red ground). On the body, design black on white ground, with purple accessories; round the top, an ivy-wreath. Heracles fighting with the Amazons: In the centre is Heracles to right, with lion's skin tied in front over a short purple chiton, the tail caught up under the girdle; he grasps the crest of Andromache's helmet, and springs forward to despatch her with his sword. She is fallen to right, looking back, and thrusts at him with spear; she has a high-crested helmet, cuirass, short chiton, shield with purple spots round the antyx, and an unintelligible device. Behind Heracles is Telamon, rushing forward and thrusting with spear; he is fully armed, with high-crested helmet, short purple chiton and chlamys over left arm, and shield with purple spots round the antyx. On the right is a second Amazon (Alkaia) advancing to defend the first with her spear; she is armed as the first, with chlamys on left arm and Boeotian shield with device of two snakes and boss in the form of a rosette. Behind her is a third Amazon running away and looking back; she is attired as an archer, with high-peaked cap, jerkin and anaxyrides (trousers) in one piece, quiver at side, bow in right hand, left raised, as if she had just shot an arrow. In the field, imitation inscriptions.
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