- Museum number
Pottery: red-figure stemless kylix.
Interior: Nereid on Hippocamp with greave of Achilles. Through the sea (indicated by wavy lines) the Hippocamp moves to right, bearing on its back, side-saddle, a Nereid in long chiton with apoptygma tied, long hair tied at the back and wreathed with olive, and earrings: she holds upright on her left palm, by its lower end, a greave, and extends her right as if directing the animal; it has the head and fore-quarters of a horse, wide open jaws with teeth, a spiny back in place of mane, and fins in place of fore-legs. The exergue is left red.
Exterior: (a) Three youthful athletes: one in the centre sits on a bema of two steps, talking to one on right, who confronts him: on the left a third stands scraping his left arm with a strigil (apoxyomenos). Each wears a plain fillet with a vertical piece over the forehead.
(b) Similar scene. A youth on right leans his left on a low fluted stele, and extends his right arm as if directing the movement of a second, who stands in a bent attitude, as if about to leap or run to right. On the left a third moves away, looking back and holding up in his left a lighted torch, such as was used in the torch-race (lampadedromia). All these have a fillet with three upright pieces rising from it.
Late style. Waves, berries and stalks of wreaths, and centrepiece of fillet, white; brown wash on body of sea monster. Around the moulding on interior of lip, a wreath of ivy with berries. Around interior design, a band of sets of five maeanders separated by red cross squares. Beneath and beside the handles, triple palmette ornament.
- Production date
- 400BC (circa)
Diameter: 20.30 centimetres
Height: 6.95 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- BM Cat. Vases
Heydemann, Nereiden mit den Waffen des Ach. p. 20, no. Q.
- On display (G20a/dc4/shB)
- Exhibition history
1980, 5 Jun-26 Oct, London, BM, The Ancient Olympic Games
- Acquisition date
- Greek and Roman
- Registration number