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Pottery: red-figured neck-amphora.
(a) Athene with acrostolion. Athene, in sleeved chiton, bordered himation, aegis with fringe of snakes conventionally drawn, and with a row of dots at the upper edge, hair looped up with radiated stephane, charges to right with couched spear, holding out in her left an acrostolion, in form of a bunch of curved reeds, to which is attached, on the inner side of the curve, a female face apparently with helmet, looking to left. From left to right is inscribed, Ήρας καλή.
(b) Woman fleeing to right, looking back as if at Athene, extending her arms on either side with a gesture of fear. She wears a Doric chiton undertied with a double band down the front and an apoptygma, decorated with rows of dots like the aegis of Athene in a at her neck. Her hair is short, but looped up, and has a fillet wound irregularly around it. From left to right is inscribed, Ήρας καλή.
This figure is drawn on a larger scale, and with a coarser effect than that of a.
Strong style. Drawing of a good, of b very coarse. Purple inscriptions, and fillet in b. The rays of the stephane in a are engraved. No inner markings. Eye in a of archaic type with both angles open; in b of transition type with large black disk as pupil. Below each side, a strip of running maeander.
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Height: 34.29 centimetres
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- BM Cat. Vases
Él. Cér. i, pl. 75, p. 245; Ann. dell’ Inst. 1851, p. 175; Rhein. Mus. v, p. 148; Arch. Zeit. 1868, p. 6. Wernicke, Lieblingsn. p. 14; Klein, Lieblingsinschr. p. 82; Kretschmer, Vaseninschr. pp. 190, 238; C.I.Gr. 7823; cf. Daremberg and Saglio, s.v. Aplustre.
Possibly the woman in b may be the personification of Asia, as in the Darius vase, Mon. dell’ Inst, ix, pl. 50-51. The object held by Athene is not the usual form of aphlaston; it may be the Άκρα κορνμβα, see Torr, Ancient Ships, p. 68, note 152. Nike holds it on BM Vases Β 608-9; compare the design on a sard scaraboid from Cyprus in the British Museum; also Millingen, Anc. Uned. Mon. pl. 29; and the description by Pausanias (v, 11, 5) of the figure of Salamis holding τον έτί ταίς ναυσιν ακραίε ποιούμενον κόσμον. For the various interpretations suggested and the form of name, see Arch. Zeit. loc. cit. Keil, Anal. Epig. p. 171, suggests that Ήρας is a contracted form for Ήραΐς.
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