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Pottery: red-figured amphora type B.
(a) Judgment of Paris. On left Paris, beardless, wearing short bordered chiton with girdle, chlamys, petasos, and endromides, is seated to right on high ground from which plants spring, holding upright in his left a club, right hand resting on left knee. Confronting him is Hera, holding towards him the apple, a long sceptre resting against her left arm: she wears a long sleeved chiton, diplois with border and vertical rows of dots, a broad dotted stephane surmounted over the centre with the forepart of a Pegasos, procrossos, and a mantle passing over the back of her head. Behind her is Athene, standing en face, but looking the other way and holding spear upright in left, her shield resting on edge against her right thigh, her right hand resting on her hip: she wears a long chiton, a dotted diplois, a mantle fastened on left shoulder, aegis with dotted surface and scalloped edges, a fillet, and a helmet tilted back: and Aphrodite, who holds up in her right a radiated headdress, and with her left draws forward at her side the edge of her mantle: she wears a long chiton, earrings, a necklace, and a radiated fillet: her hair is passed through a tie. The helmet of Athene overlaps the border, and her spear passes through it.
(b) Dionysiac sacrifice. In the centre is an altar in form of an Ionic capital, with double row of dots as necking: on right is Dionysos, bearded, wreathed, with long hair, long chiton and himation, holding thyrsos upright in left: he stands en face, with left foot to right, but turns to left, holding out a cantharos to a Maenad on left, who with thyrsos in left resting on the altar, pours into it from an oinochoe in her right. She wears a long Doric chiton with double vertical stripe, over which a skin is knotted, and a wreath. On left a woman in a long chiton and saccos, closely wrapped in an himation, plays on the flutes. On right a woman similarly dressed, but with radiated fillet, stands looking on, holding up her right hand, with an ivy branch in her left.
Large style. Purple ground-line, Pegasos, stalk of apple, plants, and rays. Brown inner markings. Eye in transition type. Below each side, pairs of maeander separated by oblique red cross squares: at sides, net pattern: above a, upright palmettes with lotus flowers between: above b, pattern of pairs of palmettes back-to-back, oblique. Below handles, tongue pattern.
- Production date
- 450BC (circa)
Height: 58.42 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- BM Cat. Vases
Archaeologia, 1830 (xxiii), p. 79. Gerhard, A. V. iii, pl. 176, gives a: but on p. 65 ascribes to the vase a reverse which does not belong to it; Welcker, Alte Denkm. v, pl. A 3 ; Bull’ de l’Acad, de Brux. vii, pt. 2, p. 30; xiii, pt. 1, p. 123.
For the Pegasos headdress of Hera, cf. Él. Cér. i, pl. 29, and the coinage of Croton and Pandosia (Hera Lacinia): it is assigned to Athene on the fine Louvre vase, Millingen-Reinach, pl. 49.
- On display (G20a/dc6)
- The upper part, including the entire lip and handles, has been restored: surface much injured.
- Associated events
- Associated Event: Judgement of Paris
- Acquisition date
- Greek and Roman
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