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Black figured pottery hydria with a flaring foot. Designs black on red panels, with white accessories. On the neck, band of palmettes and dots, round the rim inside is a maeander. On the shoulder: Two Centaurs crouching, confronted, with outstretched arms, as if about to wrestle. On the body, naval fight: A bireme galley among waves to left with eighteen oars, and prow in form of a boar's head; along the sides of the fore-deck are cancelli (rails) of open woodwork, and on the stern parablemata, or cushions for purposes of defence. On the foredeck are two archers kneeling to left on one knee and shooting; they have pointed caps, jerkins, anaxyrides (trousers), and quivers; opposite in the air are visible the points of hostile spears and arrows. Behind them are two warriors with hair in a tuft behind, pilei (skullcaps), greaves, and linen cuirasses, that of the second originally white; the first leads the second by the right arm, their other arms being raised. They are followed by another warrior with helmet, linen cuirass, shield and sword. In the stern are another archer shooting, as before, and a steersman with pedalion (rudder), of whom only the arms now remain, both to left. Possibly the second warrior who is being led by the arm is Protesilaos, and the scene represents the landing of the Greeks at Troy.
The handle has two ribs, and was restored as terminating below in a head of fourth-century style, representing a youthful unbearded Satyr (or Dionysos ?), with flowing hair and ivy-wreath. This restoration has been removed.
- Production date
- 510 BC - 500 BC
Diameter: 34.50 centimetres (with handles)
Height: 51.25 centimetres
- Curator's comments
Attributed to the early phase of the Micali Painter by Spiivey: N. J. Spivey, The Micali Painter and his followers, Oxford 1987, 15 no. 75, pl. 14a
Noted on the record card that it was acquired with the handle restored and terminating in the head of Dionysos, the head was aubsequently moved prior to the publication of the new vase catalogue and the head was given its own registration and catalogue number 1836.0224.0228A, Vase G116.
BM Cat. Vases
Jahrbuch, vii. Pl I (1892), p. 48.
For the naval fight, cf. Eur. Ion, 1160 ff., βαρβάρων ύφάσματα, εύηρέτμους ναΰς άντίας Έλληνίσίν; also the reverse of the Aristonofos vase (Mon. dell' Inst. ix. 4) and Gaz. Arch. 1881-2, pl. 28.
For the woodwork, cf. B 436. For the hair of the warriors, cf. B 59. For parablemata cushions, see Jahrbuch, l. c.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
Etruscan Civilisation at Montreal Museum of Archaeology and History 19 Jun - 25 Nov 2012
2022-23, Dec- April, Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Ferrara, Spina etrusca. Un grande porto del Mediterraneo - CANCELLED
- Repaired and restored; black glaze much worn.
- Acquisition date
- Greek and Roman
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