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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 purple and white.
1. On the shoulder: Combat of Heracles and Antaios: In the centre Heracles stooping to right, endeavours to raise Antaios from the earth; both are nude and wear fillets, Antaios alone is bearded; Heracles grasps Antaios by the right arm, and the other holds him by the left foot. Behind Heracles is Athene to right, with high-crested helmet, long chiton, and himation, in right hand a spear, the left raised in encouragement. Behind her is Hermes seated to right, bearded, with hair looped up behind, petasos, short chiton, and chlamys, sword at left side and caduceus in right hand. He is looking back at Iolaos, who stands looking on, fully armed, with spear in right hand, and shield with device of two pellets. On the right is a female figure moving away to right, looking back, with long hair, fillet, long embroidered chiton and himation, left hand raised; facing her is a bearded male figure in embroidered himation, with spear. Above are hung Heracles' quiver and embroidered chlamys. In the field, branches.
2. On the body: Amazonomachia (Amazonomachy): A quadriga driven to right by an Amazon in a high-crested helmet, with long hair, fillet, short embroidered chiton and cuirass. By the further side of the quadriga is Achilles to right, fully armed, with short embroidered chiton and shield with ivy wreath as device, attacking Penthesilea with a spear. She is vainly defending herself with her spear, and moves away to right, looking back at him; she has long hair with fillet, a high-crested helmet, and shield with two pellets as device. Beneath the horses is a fallen Amazon lying on her back to right with legs drawn up; she has long hair, fillet, short embroidered chiton, greaves, spear, and shield with device of a tripod. In front of the horses is another Amazon to left, armed like the last, except that she has no shield, hurling spear; all four Amazons wear necklaces.
Underneath the foot, incised characters.
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Height: 48.26 centimetres
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Overbeck, Her. Bildw. p. 500; Schneider, Tro. Sagenkr. p. 137; Klein, Euphronios2, p. 122; Corey, Amaz. Ant. Fig. p. 72.
This pose of Heracles and Antaios is a regular proceeding in wrestling, cf. the composition of Heracles and the Nemean lion, Vase Β159. The female figure is either Ge, mother of Antaios, or Iphinoe, his wife, cf. Vase Β196. For the incised characters, see Old Catalogue, pl. 471A.
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