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Pottery: black-figured hydria. Rather coarse style. Design in black on a small red panel, with borders of ivy along the top and down the sides; accessories of white and a little purple. No marked distinction in shape between neck, shoulder, and body.
Contest of Heracles with Amazons: In the centre is Heracles to right, with short embroidered chiton, lion's skin, quiver and sheath at back, about to plunge sword into a fallen Amazon (Andromache), the crest of whose helmet he grasps with left hand. She is fallen to right on her back; she has a high-crested helmet, short embroidered chiton, cuirass, sword, and spear, which she endeavours to hurl, while she holds a pelta (small oval shield) in front of her, which has a band of wave-pattern and is incised all over. Behind her is Alkaia to left defending her with spear; she has a high-crested helmet, short embroidered chiton and cuirass, over which is the skin of an animal, chlamys over shoulders, sword, and shield with device of a tripod. On the left is another Amazon departing to left, looking back, with high peaked cap, short embroidered chiton, sword, and quiver, on which she places right hand, the left being raised.
On the foot, incised characters.
- Production date
- 500BC (circa)
Height: 26.67 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- BM Cat. Vases
De Witte, Descr. No. 80; Corey, Amaz. Ant. Fig. p. 17.
For characters on bottom, see Old Catalogue, pl. 630B.
- On display (G69/dc35)
- Acquisition date
- Greek and Roman
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