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Pottery: black-figured neck-amphora .
(a) Return of Persephone from Hades: On the left is Pluto seated to right, partly bald, with white beard and long tresses, fillet, long embroidered chiton and himation, sceptre in left hand. Before him is Hermes (as Psychagogos) to left, looking back at him; he is bearded, with hair looped up under a fillet, short chiton and chlamys, both embroidered, petasos and endromides, right hand pointing upwards. In advance of him is Persephone to right, looking back, with long tresses, fillet, long chiton and himation, both embroidered, in left hand three ears of corn. The locality is indicated by Sisyphos who is bearded, with petasos and chlamys over left shoulder; he rolls the stone to right up a steep incline, holding it with both hands, and raising left knee to assist its progress.
(b) Apollo Citharoedos to right, beardless, with long tresses, fillet, long chiton and himation, both embroidered, playing with a plectrum on the chelys, from which hangs drapery; by his side is a hind to right. Facing him are two female figures (Nymphs ?), with long hair, fillets, long chitons and himatia, both embroidered, and right hands extended. Behind him are two similar figures to right, with left hands raised. In the field, branches. The greater part of the design is restored.
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Height: 44.45 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- BM Cat. Vases
Overbeck, Kunstmyth, (Apollo), p. 47.
For the scene on side A, cf. Berlin Cat. 1844 (Persephone and Sisyphos only) and a Munich vase (Gerhard, A.V. 87), with Sisyphos in centre, and Pluto and Persephone seated on either side; these two scenes are probably mere representations of the under-world.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2014-2015, 11 Dec-8 Feb, Athens, Museum of Cycladic & Ancient Greek Art, Beyond
- Badly damaged and restored.
- Acquisition date
- Greek and Roman
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