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Pottery: red-figured amphora type B.
(a) Heracles received into Olympos. The locality is indicated by a Doric column, which extends to the upper border of the design. On the right of this Heracles stands, bearded and wreathed, wearing the lion's skin, of which the lower part is caught up over his left arm, and carrying bow (of Scythian form) in left and club over right shoulder. He looks to left at Nike, who, in long chiton, mantle, and twisted saccos, runs forward with a second wreath extended in both hands, as if to place it on the head of Heracles. On the right Zeus stands as onlooker, wreathed, bearded, and draped in an himation, carrying a sceptre with lotos top along his left arm and a winged thunderbolt in his right hand.
(b) Artemis (driving a quadriga) and Apollo. The chariot stands to right, the left hand horse bending its head forward, rubbing its nose against its knee. Inside stands Artemis in a long Ionic chiton, mantle, and hair looped up with radiated fillet, holding in each hand a pair of reins, and in the right a goad. In the background, beside the horses, Apollo stands to right, playing on the chelys; he turns his head to left, holding up towards Artemis in his right a fluted phiale. He wears a long Ionic chiton, a mantle fastened on the right shoulder with a large brooch, and a woollen fillet and wreath; his long hair is looped up behind, with a single parotis; from his chelys hangs a long fringed sash with pairs of lines. At the horses' heads stands a fawn, half seen, looking up at them. The teeth of the horses are drawn in; they have broad collars.
Severe style, with remains of archaism. Purple wreaths, fillet, and ends of reins against the bits. Brown inner markings, edge of hair on face, and marking of lion-skin and horses' manes. Eye in transition type: that of Heracles and Zeus are still archaic, with inner angle slightly open; those in b have dotted disk.
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Diameter: 330 millimetres
Height: 54.61 centimetres
Height: 545 millimetres
Weight: 5.80 kilograms (approx)
- Curator's comments
- BM Cat. Vases
Bull. de l’Acad. de Brux. ix, 1, p. 573; Gerhard, A.V. ii, pl. 143, p. 178, gives a: i, pl. 76, p. 201, he gives a drawing which is identical with b but assigns it to a ‘Volcentische Stamnos’ also in the Pizzati Coll., and of which he gives a complete drawing. This ‘stamnos’ is referred to by Overbeck, Kunstmyth. (Apollo), p. 63, no. 10 (b): (Zeus), p. 28, no. O (a).
The sceptre of Zeus resembles a trident, cf. J.H.S. xiii, p. 17.
- On display (G20a/dc6)
- Exhibition history
2008 1 May-12 Jul, Shanghai, The Ancient Olympic Games
2008 2 Aug-31 Sep, Hong Kong, The Ancient Olympic Games
2009 2 Apr-13 Oct, Alicante, The Body Beautiful in Ancient Greek Art and Thought
2010 30 Apr-30 Aug, Seoul, National Museum of Korea, The Body Beautiful in Ancient Greek Art and Thought
2010-2011 15 Oct-07 Feb, Taipei, The National Palace Museum, The Body Beautiful in Ancient Greek Art and Thought
2010-2011 11 Mar-12 Jun, Kobe City Museum, The Body Beautiful in Ancient Greek Art and Thought
2011 4 Jul-25 Sep, Tokyo, The National Museum of Western Art, The Body Beautiful in Ancient Greek Art and Thought
2011-2012, 25 Oct-12 Feb, Mexico City, National Anthropological Museum, The Body Beautiful in Ancient Greek Art and Thought
2012-2013 6 Oct- 6 Jan, Portland Art Museum, The Body Beautiful in Ancient Greek Art and Thought
2013 6 May-6 Oct, Dallas Museum of Art, The Body Beautiful in Ancient Greek Art and Thought
2014 21 Feb-9 Jun, Fondation Pierre Gianadda, The Body Beautiful in Ancient Greek Art and Thought
2014 2 Aug-9 Nov, Austraslia, Bendigo Art Gallery, The Body Beautiful in Greek Art and Thought
2015 26 Mar-5 Jul, The British Museum, Defining Beauty: the body in ancient Greek art
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- Associated Event: Apotheosis of Herakles
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