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Red-figured pottery hydria.
Design red on black ground, with white accessories. Round the lip, egg-moulding; on the neck, tongue-pattern and egg-moulding; on the shoulder, palmettes; below the design, all round, maeander and crosses. At the back, a panel with palmettes, and a border of wave-pattern down each side.
Under the handle on the left is a youth to right, perhaps one of the Dioscuri, with left foot raised on a rock, long hair, petasos tied under his chin, chlamys on left arm, spear in left hand, pointing down with forefinger of right hand. Facing him is Heracles, with right foot raised on a rock, beardless, with lion's skin over his head and tied in front, falling over his left arm, in left hand his club, in right he holds out a white olive-branch, probably that which he brought from the Hyperboreans; he points downwards with both forefingers. On the right is a female figure to right, with hair in a knot, white fillet, long girt chiton with apoptygma and a double stripe down the front, in left hand a basket with fruit and a white taenia; facing her is a similar female figure, with a taenia in right hand and a white wreath in left, held behind her. Under the handle on the right is a youth seated on a rock to left, perhaps the other of the Dioscuri, with white fillet, chlamys over left arm and under him, in left hand a spear, right hand resting on his knee.
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Height: 41.25 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- BM Cat. Vases
D’Hancarville, ii. pl. 116; Inghirami, Vasi Fitt. iii. 238; Moses, Antique Vases, pl. 10.
This scene may represent Heracles committing the direction of the Olympian games to the Dioscuri: cf. Pindar, Ol. iii. 11 ff.
For the Hyperboreans, see Pind. Ol. iii. 14
- Not on display
- Lip restored; handle at back broken off.
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- Greek and Roman
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