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Pottery: Apulian red-figured column-krater.
Designs red on black panels, with white accessories and borders of maeander and crosses below. On the top of the handles, palmettes with volutes; round the lip, ivy-wreaths; underneath, in front, laurel-wreath. On the neck, each side, a panel with ivy-leaves and berries.
(a) Achilles slaying Lycaon: In the centre, on a low mound, is Achilles, beardless, with long hair, short bordered chiton with bands of dots and broad white belt, endromides, and shield on left arm, charging to right and thrusting with spear at Lycaon. The latter is fallen back on left knee; he is beardless, with bordered and embroidered drapery over the loins, belt with large white spots, endromides, and shield on left arm, on which he supports himself. He is fallen on a spear which pierces his left side, and extends right hand as if imploring for mercy; above is a rosette, and below Achilles are two spears. On the left, on stony ground at a higher level, is a captive Trojan kneeling to left, looking back; he is nude and beardless, and his hands are tied before him; he has been wounded by a spear in the left side, and is fastened to a laurel-tree on his right. Beneath him are his shield and two spears, and on his left a smaller laurel-tree at a higher level. The ground-lines are indicated by dots.
(b) Three ephebi to right, confronting another, all wearing himatia; the first two hold out strigils, and the one on the right has a staff; in front of this latter one hangs a pair of halteres.
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Diameter: 36.83 centimetres
Height: 52.07 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- BM Cat. Vases
Passeri, Pict. Etr. iii. pl. 256; Jahrbuch, iv. (1889), p. 263 (Heydemann).
The subject is taken from Iliad xxi. 1-118; Heydemann publishes a similar scene from a Lucanian vase in the Jatta Collection, No. 1709. The figures are somewhat youthful and effeminate in appearance, as not infrequently on Lucanian vases.
- On display (G20a/dc31)
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