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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.
1. On the shoulder: Rape of Persephone (?): On the left is a quadriga to left, into which a charioteer is stepping; he is bearded, and wears a fillet, embroidered chlamys, and greaves, in his hands he holds the reins and two spears. In the centre is Hades moving towards the quadriga and looking back; he is bearded and wears a wreath and a striped chlamys; in his arms he is carrying off Persephone, who wears a long chiton and embroidered himation, and is looking back towards two female figures (Nymphs?) who are advancing to her aid, the foremost of whom clasps her left arm, endeavouring to detain her; both wear long chitons and himatia; the second one has her hair looped up under a fillet, and holds up her chiton with left hand. In the field, branches.
2. On the body: Contest of Heracles and Geryon: Heracles to right (lion's skin over short embroidered chiton, sword-belt, and quiver), raises sword in right hand above head, in order to plunge it into Geryon, and with left hand seizes one of his heads by the crest of the helmet. Geryon is triple-bodied; the middle body is falling back mortally wounded. All three are fully armed, with lofty visored helmets, parameridia, spears and shields; the shield of the nearer one has the device of an eagle flying to left, that of the further one is white with the device of a snake in black. Between Heracles and Geryon is Eurytion fallen backward, wounded, with closed eyes, apparently dead; he is bearded, and has long hair, pilos, short embroidered chiton, and two spears in right hand. Behind Heracles stand Athene and Hermes to right, side by side. Athene has long hair, high-crested helmet with fillet, aegis, long embroidered chiton, and spear in left hand, right hand raised; Hermes is bearded and has long tresses, winged petasos, embroidered chlamys, endromides and caduceus; he is looking away to left.
- Production date
- 510BC-500BC (circa)
Height: 52.07 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- BM Cat. Vases
Mus. Etr. p. 153; Ann. Dell’ Inst, iii. p. 142; Abhandl. d. Berlin. Akad. 1863, p. 550; Foerster, Raub d. Persephone, p. 247.
For scene (1), cf. Baumeister, p. 418 ff.; Mon. dell’ Inst. vi. 42a; Millingen, Mon. Ined. i. 16. In scene (2), Geryon is as in Vase Β156, depicted as triple bodied.
- On display (G69/dc35)
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- Greek and Roman
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