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Pottery: red-figured kylix.
Interior: Within a circle consisting of sets of four to seven single maeanders, separated by red cross squares, a woman seated in a chair, confronted on right by a youth closely draped, who leans backward, with his staff resting against his back, keeping it in position with hands under his cloak. The woman holds between each thumb and forefinger a flower, raising the one in her right towards her face. She wears a sleeved chiton, a himation passing over her left shoulder, and her hair is looped up and confined with a sphendone; beside her in the field hangs a mirror. The youth wears a fillet. The seat of the chair is decorated with vertical bands in sets of three, in very light brown. The figures rest on a line which cuts off an exergue left red.
Exterior: (a) Combat of Achilles and Memnon in presence of Thetis and Eos. Memnon falls backward to right, his right leg bending under him, his spear glancing harmlessly off his opponent's thigh: his opponent's spear, broken in two, sticks in his right groin, and the purple blood gushes out. He is bearded, and wears short chiton, cuirass with scale body, and a helmet with low visor and cheek-pieces; his left arm with the shield falls helplessly backward. Achilles, disregarding the lance of Memnon, strides forward to despatch him with his sword; he wears a short chiton, a cuirass decorated with chequers, a Greek helmet with frontal decorated with a snake; his shield, like that of Memnon, is seen from the interior; his scabbard hangs from a purple cross-belt; he is beardless, and has long hair falling in parallel wavy tresses, like that of Memnon. Behind Achilles Thetis moves swiftly forward with a gesture of pleasure, raising both hands as if to clap them; her long hair is neatly arranged and tied with a fillet, which forms a bow at the back. Behind Memnon Eos rushes forward with outstretched right, tearing her disordered hair with her left. Each of the goddesses wears a long sleeved chiton, undertied, and a himation over the left shoulder. Their feet overlap the palmette ornament.
(b) Two pairs of warriors. On the left a man wearing chlamys and fillet, and holding spear, confronted by a man with shield and spear, dressed in short chiton, helmet and cuirass, with a mantle over his shoulders; device, a Pegasos springing to left. Next is a similar figure en face, also with shield and spear, but with helmet tilted back; device, a lion springing to left. He looks to right over his shield at a fourth warrior, who has shield and spear on left arm and holds out his helmet in his right; he is dressed like the last, and has a purple fillet around his hair; device, a crescent. On the left of him, καλός. All these figures are bearded, and have long curly hair.
Purple is used for the flowers and inscriptions, and in the details indicated below. No inner markings. The hair of the women is indicated by dark brown lines on a light brown wash. Eye of the archaic type, in transition to profile (i.e. with disc against inner angle slightly opened). Below each handle a single palmette.
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Diameter: 30.45 centimetres
Height: 12.05 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- BM Cat. Vases
Murray, Designs from Greek Vases, no. 54.
Florid imitation of large style, perhaps of Duris.
Scene a is almost identical with BM Vase Ε468 a, assigned to the influence of Duris by Robert, Scenen der Ilias, p. 8.
- On display (G69/dc40)
- Much broken, but only a small piece of the interior scene missing: this scene injured by modern rivet-holes: general condition otherwise good.
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- Greek and Roman
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