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Pottery: black-figured neck-amphora.
On both sides, Perseus pursued by the Gorgons:
(a) On the right is Perseus flying to right over the Libyan mountains; he is bearded, with long tresses, the κυνή Αΐδου, or helmet of darkness, short embroidered chiton, endromides, the kibisis, or wallet at back, sword at side, in right hand the harpe, or sickle. Below him is the range of mountains, on which are a tree and a small conical object. Behind him is Athena to right, with long tresses, high-crested helmet, aegis, long embroidered chiton, spear in left hand, turning round to speak with Hermes; right hand raised, by her side her shield with device of a bull's head. Hermes stands to right, bearded, with hair looped up under a fillet, short chiton, embroidered himation, petasos, endromides, and caduceus.
(b) Two of the Gorgons, Stheno and Euryale, flying to right in archaic running attitude, their faces, of the usual archaic Gorgon-type, seen from the front; they have long tresses, and two snakes rising like a crest from the top of the head, also long embroidered chitons tied up round the waist, and endromides; their wings are outspread; the one on the left has a second pair of wings, recurved.
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For the sickle on side A, see Loeschcke in Arch. Zeit. 1881, p. 29. For side B, cf. Gerhard, A.V. 88; Ann. dell’ Inst, pl. R.; also Hesiod, Scut. Her. 228 ff.
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