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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 white and purple, somewhat faded.
1. On the shoulder: In the centre Dionysos seated on an okladias to right, bearded, with ivy-wreath, long chiton and himation, keras in left hand. Facing him is Ariadne, seated on a block, right hand raised as if conversing; she has long hair with fillet, long chiton and himation, in left hand a wreath. On the right is a Satyr to right with left hand raised, pursuing a Maenad who runs away to right, looking back at him, with arms extended; she has long hair with fillet, and a long chiton. Behind Dionysos is another Maenad, as the last, running to right, pursued by a Satyr who stoops forward to seize her. Behind him is Hermes to right, bearded with short chiton and chlamys, both embroidered, petasos, and endromides; in right hand a wand, left extended. In the field, vine-branches.
2. On the body: perhaps the Strife of Ajax and Odysseus over the arms of Achilles: Between the combatants is Agamemnon to right looking to left, bearded, with a chlamys over his arms, interposing to separate them. On the left is Ajax to right, nude, bearded, with drawn sword in right hand, sheath in left, confronting Odysseus, who is nude and beardless, and holds sword in left hand, sheath in right. Each of them is seized round the waist by a nude male figure, who prevents them from attacking one another. On the right is a bearded male figure to left with drapery round his loins, who has seized Odysseus by the left arm to prevent his using his sword; on the left, behind Ajax, is a beardless male figure wearing a fillet and chlamys, who has seized his right wrist for the same purpose.
- Production date
- 520BC (circa)
Height: 50.80 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- BM Cat. Vases
Mus. Etr. p. 36, No. 78; Archaeologia, xxxii. pl. xii. p. 151; Jahn, Ber. d. Sächs. Gesellsch. 1853, p. 24; Schneider, Tro. Sagenkr. p. 158 ff.; Robert, Bild u. Lied, p. 213 ff.; cf. Klein, Verhandl. d. Philologenvers. In Innsbruck, 1874, p.152.
For the scene on (2), cf. Vases Β397, E15, E71. The combatants, however, do not greatly resemble Ajax and Odysseus. A similar representation in Ber. d. Sächs. Gesellsch. 1853, pl.3.
- On display (G69/dc41)
- Exhibition history
2019-2020 21 Nov-8 Mar, London, BM, SEG, Troy
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- Greek and Roman
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