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Pottery: red-figured stamnos.
(a) Dionysos in Gigantomachia. Dionysos, bearded, wreathed with ivy, with long hair looped up behind and a single side tress (parotis), a short under-tied chiton embroidered with crosses, and high boots turned over with panther-skin flaps, a panther's skin knotted by the fore paws around his neck, charges to right with couched spear, holding out in his left hand a cantharos and a forked ivy branch. He aims his spear at the body of a Giant, who has fallen backwards to right, with blood pouring from wounds on his right breast and thigh, and supporting himself on the edge of his shield, feebly raises a copis in his right hand against his adversary. The panther of Dionysos has sprung on him, and resting its hind feet on his helmet, bites the biceps of his right arm; his scabbard hangs across his chest. On the right a second Giant rushes to the rescue, with outstretched shield (device, a lion to left, in silhouette, half seen), and brandishing aloft his spear. Both the giants are bearded, and have short chiton, cuirass, long wavy hair and helmet with raised cheek-pieces: the one on the right has greaves; the fallen one has a series of four bands around the right ankle.
(b) Apollo in Gigantomachia. On the right Apollo, a beardless youth, with hair like that of Dionysos in a, a fillet, an Ionic chiton, and a himation, strides to left, holding quiver in left hand; with a copis raised in his right hand, he strikes downwards at a Giant, who, wounded in the left shoulder, falls backward to left; his left arm, covered with the skin, is extended as a shield; in his right he raises from the ground a rock to hurl at his adversary; helmet of unusual form, and tilted back, the crown painted black, and a panther's skin knotted by the fore-paws around his neck. On the left a second Giant, similarly dressed in a panther's skin, strides forward to right, poising above his head with both hands a large mass of rock to hurl at Apollo. Both giants have short thick beards and long wavy hair: the beards of those in a are long and wedge-shaped.
On the bottom of the foot, incised characters.
Strong style, with suggestions of the influence of Euphronios. Broken, but nothing missing. Purple swordbelts, and blood. Brown inner markings, and wash on panther, and panther's skin of Dionysos; also for fine horizontal wavy folds of chiton of fallen Giant in a. Eye in archaic type (pupil against inner angle). Below, a thin red line, and two purple ones (repainted); round the neck, tongue; round the lip, egg pattern.
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Height: 35.56 centimetres
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- BM Cat. Vases
Gerhard, A. V. i. pl. 64, p. 192; Ann. dell’ Inst. 1869, p. 182; Overbeck, Kunstmyth. (Apollo), p. 63, no. 23; (Zeus), p. 351 Ε and p. 367, no. 23. The profile of the face resembles the Euphronios type, with the exaggerated space between the bridge of the nose and eyes; the nose of the left hand giant in b has the hooked profile often found on Euphronios vases.
For Apollo, cf. Apollo in BM Vase Ε469. The figure of Apollo is almost identical with that of Harmodios in the Würzburg stamnos representing the death of Hipparchos; see Harrison and Verrall, p. 84, fig. 19.
For the incised characters, see Old Catalogue, Pl. B.788*.
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