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Pottery: black-figure 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: Two quadrigae moving to right, the charioteers beardless, with long white chitons, holding goads in their right hands. A dog walks by the side of the second, and another stands to left looking back in front of the first chariot.
2. On the body: Troilos and Polyxena surprised by Achilles: In the centre is a rock with branches growing on it, on the left side of which is a spout in the form of a lion's head, from which water is pouring into a hydria. On the top of the rock is a crow to right; by the hydria stands Polyxena, with long tresses, fillet, long chiton and himation, both embroidered, her face turned to left towards Troilos to whom she is making signs with right hand to warn him of his danger. He is on horseback to right, leading a second horse; only their front parts are visible. On the right, behind the rock, is Achilles crouching down to left, kneeling on one knee; he is fully armed, with short embroidered chiton, and Boeotian shield with device of two panthers walking to left, placed feet to feet. In the field are imitations of inscriptions.
The upper end of the vertical handle is ornamented with a female head with long hair and sphendone, probably a later addition.
- Production date
- 540BC-480BC (circa)
Height: 54.35 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- BM Cat. Vases
Gerhard, A.V. 92; Baumeister, p. 358; Klein, Euphronios2, p. 223; Schneider, Tro. Sagenkr. p. 112; Welcker, Zeitschr. 1850, No. 8; Overbeck, Her. Bildw. p. 342.
The crow is perhaps a bird of ill-omen, cf. Welcker, Zeitschr. 1850, No. 1, and Vase Β542).
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Greek and Roman
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