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Pottery: white ground oinochoe. Trefoil mouth; the handle, which ends in cross-pieces, is broken off. Design black on pale buff ground; accessories of purple.
On the left is a warrior (Ares?) advancing to right, about to transfix a giant (?) with his spear; he has a wreath round his helmet, linen cuirass, short chiton with purple border, greaves with volutes, sword at side, and shield with device of a bull's head. The giant is fallen to right, looking back, armed as the warrior, with high-crested helmet, and the device of a tripod on his shield; he tries to thrust with his spear; blood flows from a wound in his left side, and from another under his right arm. Above is an eagle flying to left with a snake in its mouth and talons. In the field, imitation inscriptions. Under the handle are branches spreading out on either side.
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Height: 25.40 centimetres
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- BM Cat. Vases
De Witte, Descr. 185; Inghirami, Vasi Fitt. pl. 41; Él. Cér. i. 7; Mayer, Gig. u. Titan, p. 332.
For the giant (? - possibly Mimas) cf. Apoll. Rhod. iii. 1227 and Overbeck, Kunstm. Atlas, pl. 5, 3 b. For the warrior's attire, cf. Ajax in BM Vase Β379, Β541 and J.H.S. v. p. 235.
The eagle and snake motif may be an omen of victor's success.
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- Handle broken off.
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- Greek and Roman
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