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Pottery: red figure kylix.
Interior: Within two red circles, a bearded man, wreathed and ithyphallic, in a stooping attitude to right holding out left arm covered with mantle: in his right he holds up a keras. Around him, inscription.
Exterior: (a) Between two winged and bridled sea-horses, which face inwards, Peleus seizing Thetis. Peleus, beardless and wreathed, striding forward to right, has thrown his arms around the waist of Thetis, his head pressing against her breast. Thetis, in a long chiton with sleeves, tries to escape to right, looking back and loosening his grasp with her left hand. Of Peleus, only the head and feet remain; Thetis has lost her face, right side, and thighs. On either side two Nereids rush away with gestures of fear: the one nearest Thetis holds in her left a fish by the tail over her left shoulder, and looks back: her companion looks to right. Of the opposite pair, the foremost looks back: her face, and the entire upper part of her companion, except the right arm, are destroyed. All the Nereids have long chiton with sleeves, and wreaths. Above Thetis is inscribed ΘΕΤΙ$, θήτις.
(b) Between sea-horses, as before: Hermes and Nereids bringing the news to Nereus. The sea god Nηρεύς, a bald wreathed old man in a long chiton and himation, sits to right on a square base, holding in left a wand, in right a fish. Hermes approaches at speed, bearded, with chlamys, pilos and winged endromides, his right hand upraised, his left holding caduceus. Behind him stands a woman, Amphitrite (?), in long chiton and himation, her hair looped up and wreathed, her right arm upraised; in her left (now destroyed) she may have held some object. On the left of Nereus two Nereids, dressed as Amphitrite, rush forward with left arm upraised, and right pressing breast; the foremost holds in her left hand a flower. Behind Hermes is inscribed HEPMEΣ, "Ερμης.
The sea-horses form decorative groups beside the handles, by which their bodies are interrupted: their tails, passing beneath the handles, cross each other, each pair of tails thus forming a handle ornament. Part of each is destroyed.
Above and below the exterior scenes is a thin red line. Purple is used for the wreaths, the inscriptions, and the reins of the sea-horses. Inner markings seem to have been used on the exterior. The hair of the Nereids in (a) has a wavy outline, left red; the outline in the interior is incised: that of the figures in (b) is left red between two thin black lines, as in BM Vase Ε10. The hair of Nereus was probably indicated by white dots, now faded.
- Production date
- 510BC (circa)
Diameter: 40 centimetres
Height: 15.20 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- BM Cat. Vases
Panofka, Eigenn. mit καλός, pl. 3, 7, p. 33; Gerhard, A. V. iii, pll. 178-9; Overbeck, Her. Bildw. pl. vii, 4 (for exterior) p. 196, no. 45; Murray, Designs from Greek Vases, no. 6; Jahrbuch, 1886, p. 202, no. 61; Wernicke, Lieblingsn. p. 85; Klein, Lieblingsinschr. p. 36; Ann. dell’ Inst. 1832, p. 110, no. xiv.; C.I.Gr. 7395.
Brilliant glaze, drawing similar to that of BM Vase Ε10, but more careful.
- Not on display
- In two pieces: the foot and interior, and the outer rim. One handle is missing.
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- Greek and Roman
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