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Pottery: black-figure hydria: body. Designs in black on red panels, with borders of ivy down the sides and palmettes along the bottom; accessories of white and purple.
1. On the shoulder: Troilos pursued by Achilles: In the centre is Achilles to right, fully armed, with chlamys on right arm, spear, and shield with a bull's head as device, advancing after Troilos, who gallops away to right with a second horse by his side; he is beardless and wears a chlamys. Beneath the horses is Polyxena's broken hydria lying in two pieces; she herself runs away to right, looking back, with left arm raised; she has long hair, fillet, long embroidered chiton, and himation. Behind Achilles is a female figure moving to right, with arms raised, wearing a fillet, long chiton with purple spots, and himation; in front of her is a hydria. Behind her is a warrior to right, with visored helmet, greaves, two spears, and shield with three pellets.
2. On the body: Heracles strangling the Nemean lion: Heracles kneels to right, nude, with short curly hair, with left arm round lion's neck, and right grasping its left foreleg; the lion's left hind-paw planted on his head as usual. On the further side stands Athene to right looking to left, with tresses over her shoulders, lofty helmet with cheek-pieces, long embroidered chiton, aegis with snakes, spear in right hand, left hand raised. On the left is Hermes to left, looking back, bearded, with hair looped up, petasos, embroidered chlamys, and endromides, caduceus in right hand, left hand raised. On the right is Iolaos, moving away and looking back, bearded, with sword at side, and in right hand Heracles' club; behind him is suspended Heracles' quiver. In the field, imitation inscriptions.
- Production date
- 540BC-480BC (circa)
Height: 49.53 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- BM Cat. Vases
De Witte, Descr. No. 75; Schneider, Tro. Sagenkr. p.121; Welcker, Zeitschrift, 1850, No.22.
For the second horse on (1), cf. Vases Β153 and Β181. For the whole of side (1), cf. Overbeck, Her. Bildw. p.339 ff.; Jahn, Telephos u. Troilos, p.70 ff.; Klein, Euphronios2, p.223 ff.; Roscher, p.48, Baumeister, p.1900; also the François-vase (Mon. dell’ Inst. iv. 54).
- Not on display
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- Greek and Roman
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