- Museum number
Pottery: red-figured hydria.
(1) Two Heroes (possibly Achilles and Ajax) casting lots before the statue of Athene. In the centre Athene stands to right, but looking to left, with right hand holding a spear obliquely across her breast, and left holding up her helmet: her hair is apparently in crobylos form (badly drawn), and she wears ear-rings, necklace, aegis with scale pattern and a fringe of conventionalised tabs, and a long tight-fitting sleeved chiton, decorated with crosses and trefoils. In the background behind her is a base, of rectangular form, cut by two horizontal lines: on each side is a bearded hero seated on a square base, leaning forward with left resting on two spears, and extending right as if to throw the dice (not indicated): their dress is indistinctly rendered, but it seems to consist of a short chiton, a loin cloth, parameridia, and greaves, both decorated with spirals: the one on right has a heavy sword hanging by a cross-belt. Behind each is his shield (seen in foreshortening) resting against the border, with high-crested helmet resting upon it: the device on right is a bull's head, on left a tripod: the helmet on left has both sides of the crest shown heraldically.
(2) Charioteer setting out. On each side a youth in an himation is seated on an ocladias, holding upright in his right a staff: between them stands to right a quadriga, into which a youth dressed in the charioteer's long chiton steps, holding in each hand a pair of reins, and in his left also a goad.
Severe style. The main design (1) occupies the entire body between the side handles: 2 occupies the same width on the shoulder of the vase. Brown edging of hair, inner markings (very little used) and necklace of Athene. Eye archaic; beards short and without edging: the hair is somewhat feebly treated. Below 1 a strip of linked lotus-buds: on each side, ivy;
above, key pattern: on each side of 2, net pattern; above, tongue. Below 1 the body is encircled with two thin purple lines, and a third surmounting the band of black rays on base of body: the side knobs of the vertical handle are painted purple.
Underneath the foot incised characters.
- Production date
- 510BC (circa)
Height: 52 centimetres
Width: 36 centimetres
Depth: 29 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- BM Cat. Vases
Cf. the lekythi with the subject of (1), BM Vases Β541, B637, B638: and on the subject generally Hartwig, Meistersch. p. 274, note 3, and p. 275.
For the incised characters, see Old Catalogue pl. Β718.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2007 31 Mar-30 Jun, Gosport, Ancient Greeks: Athletes, Warriors & Heroes
2007-2008 3 Nov-24 Feb, Leicester, Ancient Greeks: Athletes, Warriors & Heroes
2008 29 Mar-1 Jun, Luton, Ancient Greeks: Athletes, Warriors & Heroes
2008 20 Jun-5 Oct, Lincoln, Ancient Greeks: Athletes, Warriors & Heroes
2008-2009 25 Oct-24 Jan, South Shields, Ancient Greeks: Athletes, Warriors & Heroes
2009 7 Feb-4 May, Glasgow, Ancient Greeks: Athletes, Warriors & Heroes
2010-2012 20 Oct-9 Dec, Luton, Wardown Park, Ancient Greeks
2017 13 Jul-15 Oct, Madrid, Caixa Forum, Ancient Greeks
2017-2018 23 Nov-18 Feb, Barcelona, Caixa Forum, Ancient Greeks
2018 20 Mar-24 Jun, Sevilla, Caixa Forum, Ancient Greeks
2018 24 Jul-4 Nov, Zaragoza, Caixa Forum, Ancient Greeks
2018-2019 18 Dec-31 Mar, Palma, Caixa Forum, Ancient Greeks
2021 19 Jun-7 Nov, Australia, Perth, Western Australian Museum, Ancient Greeks
2021-2022 16 Dec-1 May, Australia, Canberra, National Museum of Australia, Ancient Greeks
2022 10 Jun-06 Nov, New Zealand, Auckland, Auckland War Memorial Museum, Ancient Greeks
- Acquisition date
- Greek and Roman
- Registration number