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Pottery: black-figure hydria. Designs in black on red panels, with borders of ivy down the sides ; accessories of white and purple.
1. On the shoulder: Departure of a warrior: In the centre, a quadriga to left, into which a beardless warrior is stepping, with fillet, short purple chiton, cuirass, sword at side, and Boeotian shield, on which are three pellets. Facing him is a beardless male figure, with a fillet and striped himation, left hand extended. Seated in front of the horses on an okladias to right is a bearded male figure, with striped himation and staff in right hand; behind him a warrior to right, fully armed, with a spear, a female figure to right with long hair, fillet, long chiton and striped himation, right hand raised, and a beardless male figure to right in a short chiton, with hands extended. Behind the chariot is a warrior to left, with lofty visored helmet, greaves, spear and shield with device of a dolphin; in front of him a dog to left, looking back at him; behind him a female figure to left with long hair, long chiton and embroidered himation, left hand raised.
2. On the body: Departure of a warrior: A quadriga to right, to which two horses are already harnessed; the charioteer, bearded, with fillet and long white chiton, is adjusting the harness; behind him is a warrior looking back to left, bearded, with helmet, short chiton, two spears, and sword at side. A bearded figure is about to step into the chariot; he has a striped chlamys, reins and goad in hands; at his further side is the third horse brought up to right. The fourth horse for the near side is omitted. In front of the horses is a warrior to left caressing them, bearded, with short curly hair, fillet, short striped chiton, cuirass, greaves, and sword at side.
3. Below, Heracles strangling the Nemean lion: Composition as usual for the scene; Heracles is nude; above are suspended his sword, bow, chlamys and quiver. On the right is Athene, hastening to his aid, with high-crested helmet, aegis, long embroidered chiton and spear; behind her Hermes seated on an okladias to left, bearded, with embroidered chlamys, petasos, endromides, and caduceus. On the left is Iolaos kneeling to right, beardless, chlamys on left arm, sword at side, in right hand Heracles' club.
- Production date
- 540BC-480BC (circa)
Height: 50 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- BM Cat. Vases
For the chariot, cf. Vases B304-5.
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Greek and Roman
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