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Pottery: red-figured amphora of Panathenaic shape.
Slightly restored. Designs red on black ground. Above, each side, palmettes and tongue-pattern; below, maeander and crosses.
(a) Zeus and Europa: In the centre is Europa riding on the bull (Zeus) to left through the sea, with curly hair, necklace, long girt embroidered chiton with looped-up sleeves, and himation floating behind; her right hand is laid on the bull's head, her left on his back. In front of her is a dolphin to left (mostly repainted); below, a fish to right (perhaps the pelamys), a lobster to left, and a cuttle-fish to right; below, the bottom of the sea is indicated by rocks, on which are three echini and seaweed. Behind Europa is Eros flying, holding out a taenia with crenelle pattern; below him is a bearded male figure to left (probably Phoenix or Agenor), with laurel-wreath, bordered embroidered himation over lower limbs, endromides, and staff in right hand.
(b) Four nude beardless athletes, confronted in pairs; the two standing to right have strigils in their left hands; the one on the extreme right has right hand raised. Under each handle is a tree.
- Production date
- 400BC-390BC (circa)
Height: 59.50 centimetres
Weight: 5 kilograms
Width: 35 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- BM Cat. Vases
Millingen-Reinach, Peintures, pl. 25, p. 105; El. Cer. i. pl. 27; Hockh, Kreta, i. pl. 3, p. 97; Duruy, History of Greece, i. p. 353; Daremberg and Saglio, ii. p. 863; Jahn, Entführung d. Europa, p. 9; Stephani, Compte-Rendu, 1863, p. 136, note 3, and 1866, p. 108, no. 15, p. 122, no. 18; Overbeck, Kunstmyth. (Zeus), p. 438, no. 19; Welcker, Ueber eine Kretische Colonie in Theben, p. 8; Bull. dell’ Inst. 1844, p. 94.
For side a, cf. also Stephani, Compte-Rendu, 1866, p. 148 ff., and 1870, p. 181 ff.
- On display (G73/dc9)
- Exhibition history
2006 15 Jun-15 Sep, Musee Ingres, Montauban
2006-2007 15 Sep-8 Jan, Musee de l'Arles, Arles
- Acquisition date
- Greek and Roman
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