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Pottery: red-figured kylix.
Interior: Within a circle of single maeanders, a bearded man and a youth in conversation; both are closely draped in himatia; the bearded man on left is en face, with himation passed over back of head, his left resting on a staff, his left foot crossed behind his right. The youth stands on a line which cuts off a very small exergue, left red; the feet of the other rest on the border.
Exterior: (a) Theseus slaying Sinis. On the right is a pine tree, at the foot of which Sinis crouches, clasping it with his left arm. Theseus, with his right hand round the right wrist of Sinis, drags him to left, pressing his left foot against the stem of the tree for support: while at the same time with his left he pulls down the bent top of the pine tree. The hair of Sinis is rough and shaggy; that of Theseus is carefully arranged in the usual Thesean headdress. On the left is a second tree, against which rest the two spears of Theseus; his pilos and mantle hang from a branch of it. On the extreme left a bearded figure moves away to the left looking back: he may be Peirithoos, but is probably the typical traveller, and is therefore dressed in chlamys and petasos, and has spear in right, and in left hanging over his shoulder two striped sacks, such as travellers carried on their journeys.
(b) Theseus slaying Sow of Crommyon. Beside a gnarled tree in the background the sow dashes forward to left against Theseus, who, with mantle twisted round his left arm extended as a shield, hurls a stone at it with his right: his sword hangs at his waist, and his hair is arranged as in a. On the right stands Crommyon, an old woman leaning with left on a staff, extending her right in amazement. She wears a sleeved chiton with parallel stripes down the side, and apoptygma, and a himation in a mass over her left shoulder: her hair is shaggy and unkempt like that of Sinis.
No purple, nor inner markings of anatomy, but light brown is used for details of the sow, and also for the hair of Sinis and Crommyon, in the form of strokes radiating from the crown. The surface of the exterior has been ruddled. Eye of transitional type, wide open angle with large disk. Beneath each handle, a single palmette.
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Diameter: 25.40 centimetres
Height: 10.16 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- BM Cat. Vases
De Witte, Descr. no. 111. Murray, Designs from Greek Vases, no. 51; Jahn, in Arch. Zeit. 1865, p. 23, note 3; Gurlitt, Das Alter der Bildw. des Thes. pp. 42, 52; Lehnerdt, in Arch. Zeit. 1885, p. 116 note 21; Mayer, ibid. p. 125; Milani, in Museo Ital. iii, p. 235, s; Müller, Theseusmetoften, p. 36, no. 3; Wulff, Zur Theseussage, p. 47; Roscher, ii, p. 1451 (s.v. Krommyon).
Style in imitation of a good original but almost grotesquely coarse.
For the traveller, cf. the similar sack laid aside by the slave Xanthias in BM Vase F151: see Jahrbuch, 1886, p. 287.
- On display (G20a/dc3)
- Broken, but little missing: surface well preserved.
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- Greek and Roman
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