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Pottery: red-figured oinochoe (shape 2) with trefoil mouth.
Arrival of the Hyperborean Apollo at Delphi. In the centre the Gryphon stands to left with wings and right forefoot slightly raised, as if just alighting; seated on its back, just behind the wings, is Apollo, a beardless figure with short hair looped over ears (?), wearing a laurel-wreath and a mantle around his lower limbs; along his left arm he carries a long laurel-branch with three boughs, and places his right hand on the Gryphon's neck. On the left Artemis in long tied chiton, earrings, necklace, and saccos, holding bow in left, advances offering Apollo with her right a fluted phiale. On the right Leto stands in three-quarter face to left looking on, holding in her left hand upright a sceptre, in her right hanging at her side, a beaded fillet or branch; she wears a long tied chiton with apoptygma, a necklace, earrings and a radiated fillet; her hair is knotted at the back.
Drawing in late fine style; drapery as in Meidias vase. Gilding is used for the berries of the laurel, and for the beads on the fillet held by Leto; the fillet itself and the bow-string are reddish-white. Eye in profile. The mouth of Artemis is disfigured by a slip of the brush. Below, a continuous band, and above, a strip of egg pattern. Beneath the handle, a double palmette, with spreading tendrils and flowers.
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Gerhard, Rapp. Volc. (Ann. dell’ Inst. 1833), p. 148, no. 342; De Witte, Descr. no. 1; Él. Cér. vol. ii, p. 139; Welcker, Alt. Denkm. ii, p. 73, note 7, wrongly states that it is not described in the Canino Catalogue; Birch, Ancient Pottery2, p. 205; Jahn, Bemalte Vasen mit Goldschmuck, p. 14, no. 25; Overbeck, Kunstmyth. (Apollo), p. 355, no. 1. For the connection of Apollo with the Gryphon, cf. also Stephani, Compte-Rendu, 1864, p. 57, and Overbeck in Ber. d. sacks. Ges. 1873, p. 112.
This type of Apollo on the Gryphon occurs also on a kylix in Vienna (Él. Cér. ii, pl. 5), on a crater at Berlin (Cat. no. 2641), and on an electrum coin of Cyzicus (Greenwell, Num. Chron. 1887, pl. i, no. 21, p. 56, who quotes this vase); all these examples date from about the end of the 5th century B.C.
- On display (G19/dc1)
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2001-2002 16 Oct-6 Jan, USA, New York, The Bard Graduate Centre, William Beckford 1760-1844: An Eye for the Magnificent
2002 25 Feb-14 Apr, London, Dulwich Picture Gallery, William Beckford 1760-1844 : An Eye for the Magnificent
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