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Pottery: red-figured stamnos.
(a) Combat of Theseus with an Amazon. Theseus, in a helmet tilted back, with sword hanging at his side, his left foot on rising ground (not indicated), and shield (device, a galloping horse, red on black ground, the hind part only seen), awaits with couched spear the attack of the Amazon who gallops from left towards him, uplifting her battle-axe; she wears a kidaris, anaxyrides and jerkin with patterns of zigzags and dots, and a short tunic with a pattern of circles. Between the figures is inscribed, ΘΕΣΥΣ, Θής[ε]υς; below, EΠIMEΔES KΑΛΟΣ, 'Έπιμήδης καλός.
(b) A bearded man in a mantle to right, with right resting on a staff, is approached on either side by a woman in long chiton, mantle and saccos, with outstretched right hand; the right hand one carries a branch (as suppliant ?). Above the man is inscribed ΣIM•Σ, Σιμ[ο]ς.
Graceful drawing. Purple reins, inscription, belts, and branch, Brown edge of hair and markings of Amazon's dress. Eye in profile. Below, a band of sets of three maeanders separated by red cross squares; round the shoulders, tongue pattern; round the lip and handles, egg pattern. Above and below each handle, a pattern composed of five palmettes.
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Height: 35.56 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- BM Cat. Vases
Gerhard, A. V. iii. pl. 163, p. 42; Panofka, Eigenn. mit καλός, pl. iv. 5, p. 11; Ann. Dell’ Inst. 1867, p. 212; Wernicke, Lieblingsn. p. 66; Klein, Lieblingsinschr. p. 67; C.I.Gr. 7729.
For the form θησνς cf. Kretschmer, Vaseninschr. p. 193.
- On display (G20a/dc8)
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