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Pottery: black-figured hydria. Designs in black on red panels, with borders of ivy down the sides and palmettes along the bottom; accessories of purple and white.
1. On the shoulder: Contest of Heracles with the Cretan bull: In the centre is Heracles to right, with lion's skin and short chiton, bow and quiver at back; he seizes the bull's horn with left hand and its shoulder with right, to arrest its course; his club has fallen between its forelegs. On the left is Athene seated to right, with long tresses, high-crested helmet with cheek-pieces, long embroidered chiton, and spear in left hand; by her side, her shield with device of three pellets. Behind her is Hermes also seated to right, bearded, with hair looped up, embroidered chlamys, spear in right hand, left hand raised, petasos and endromides. On the right is a female figure (Britomartis?) seated to right, looking back, with long tresses, fillet, long embroidered chiton and himation; spear in right hand, and shield against knee with device of two pellets. Further
to right is Iolaos, departing and looking back, helmet, embroidered chlamys, and spear in left hand.
2. On the body: Departure of a warrior: A quadriga to right, into which a nude warrior is stepping, with goad in right hand and reins in both; he is bearded, with petasos, and sword at left side. Before him, looking back, is a female figure with long hair, fillet, long chiton and himation, both embroidered, right hand raised, in left a spear. By the side of the horses a dog walks to right. In front of the warrior is inscribed: ΣIMOΣ, Σΐμος; in front of the chariot: KΛEITA..., Κλεΐτα[λόρας]; behind the female figure Τηλ(εκλη)ς (?); in front of the horses Κ[ρ?]όνων (?).
Underneath, incised characters.
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Height: 50.80 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- BM Cat. Vases
De Witte, Descr. No. 103; Mus. Etr. 296; Archaeologia, xxiii. p. 152; Boeckh, C.I.Gr. 7643; Rev. Phil. ii. p. 388.
For scene (1), cf. Gerhard, A.V. 99, 3; Benndorf, Gr. u. Sic. Vas. 42, 3; Berlin Cat. 1886 and 1898; Baumeister, p. 659. This composition of Heracles and the bull is seen in a metope of the temple of Zeus at Olympia, but is not common.
Boeckh suggested the translation of the last two inscriptions, but it seems likely that both are merely imitation inscriptions.
For inscised characters underneath, see Old Catalogue, pl. 464Α.
- Not on display
- Badly damaged, partly restored.
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- Greek and Roman
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