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Pottery: black-figured amphora. Designs in black on red panels, with double honeysuckle-pattern above. Down the sides of one handle, ivy-wreaths; the other one has been restored. Under the junctions of the handles, palmettes.
(a) Contest of Heracles and Apollo for the tripod: In the centre is Heracles moving to right, looking to left, with beard and moustache, lion's skin and short embroidered chiton, carrying the tripod over left shoulder; above him is inscribed HEPAKΛEΣ. On the left is Apollo to right, beardless, wreathed with laurel, in short chiton girt at waist and chlamys, both embroidered, seizing a leg of the tripod with right hand. Above him: AΠOΛΛON, Άπόλλων. Behind Heracles is Athene to left, with long tresses, high-crested helmet with cheek-pieces, aegis held out on left arm (incised markings and fringe of snakes), long embroidered chiton, and spear. Below: ΣΑΑΝΗΘΑ (retr.), Άθηνάας. In front of her is a hind to right looking back. Behind Apollo is Artemis to right, with long tresses, sphendone (u-shaped hairband), long chiton and himation, both embroidered, left hand raised; behind her: Άρτεμ[ί]δος. Below Heracles is inscribed: (perhaps?) κάλος Καρ[ύστιος].
(b) Apollo Citharoedos to right, beardless, with long tresses wreathed with laurel, long chiton and himation, both embroidered, playing with a plectrum on the lyre; by his further side is a bull to right. In advance of him is Hermes departing, looking back, bearded, with chlamys, petasos, endromides, and caduceus, right hand raised. Behind Apollo is Dionysos to right, with long beard and tresses, ivy-wreath, long chiton and himation, both embroidered, in right hand vine-branches with bunch of grapes, in left a cantharos.
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Height: 53.34 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- BM Cat. Vases
Overbeck, Kunstmyth. (Apollo), pp. 45, 395; C.I.Gr. 7619.
For the inscription below Hercules, cf. Wernicke, Lieblingsnamen, p. 94, note 1. For side A, cf. Roscher, p. 2213; Stephani, Compte-Rendu, 1868, p. 31 ff.; Ber. d. Sächs. Ges. 1853, pl. 6; Berlin Cat. 2159.
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- Slightly damaged and restored.
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- Greek and Roman
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