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Pottery: black-figured amphora.
Designs black on red panels, with borders of lotus-buds along the top; accessories of white and purple. Finely-incised lines; patterns executed with white dots.
(a) Dionysos received by Icarios: In the centre Dionysos standing to right, bearded, with long hair, ivy-wreath, long chiton and himation, the former embroidered with purple spots, the latter also with rosettes of white dots, and sandals, in right hand a vine-branch with bunches of grapes, in left a cantharos. Facing him is Icarios, bearded, with long tresses, fillet, long purple chiton, and himation embroidered like that of Dionysos, right hand raised in greeting, in left a spear. Behind him is a beardless male figure moving away to right, and looking back; he has long hair with a beaded fillet, long chiton embroidered with rosettes of white dots and himation, both with purple spots; right hand raised, in left a spear. On the left is a Satyr, ithyphallic, advancing to right, with long hair, beaded fillet, and a string of beads over right shoulder; he waves his hands up and down.
(b) Zeus and Hermes: In the centre Zeus seated to right, bearded, with long hair, fillet, long chiton and himation, the former embroidered with white rosettes, and both with purple spots; in right hand he holds a sceptre terminating in a Gryphon's head, in left a ball (?). The back of his chair terminates in a swan's head, the legs in lion's claws, and on the crossbar between the legs is the figure of a lion (?) to left looking back. In front of Zeus is Hermes departing to right and looking back at him. He is bearded, with long tresses, and wears a petasos (broad-rimmed hat), short chiton, embroidered with white rosettes, chlamys, and endromides (boots); his left hand is raised, in right he holds a caduceus (staff), with which he touches Zeus. Behind the latter is a man, to right, bearded, with long hair, beaded fillet, long chiton and himation, both embroidered, but in a manner the reverse of Zeus's; here the patterns of the chiton are purple, those of the himation white; in his right hand is a sceptre, his left is extended. Behind Hermes is a nude youth to left, with long hair, beaded fillet, and necklace round his body, raising right hand.
- Production date
- 540BC-520BC (circa)
Height: 39.70 centimetres
Weight: 2 kilograms
Width: 27.90 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- BM Cat. Vases
De Witte, Descr. No. 138. Mommsen, H., Der Affecter (1975), p.99, no.59.
For the subject of side A, cf. BM Vase Β153; Micali, Storza, pl. 77; Apollod. iii. 14, 7; Jahn, Arch. Beitr., p. 198; Roscher p. 1115; Museum Marbles, ii. 4. For side B, cf. the Samothracian relief in the Louvre, Overbeck, Gesch. d. Gr. Plastik.3 i. p. 100.
The interpretation of this vase in BM Cat. Vases, which identifies the figures on side B as Agamemnon and Talthybios, is now considered obsolete.
- On display (G13/dc8)
- Acquisition date
- Greek and Roman
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