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Pottery: black-figure neck-amphora.
(a) Dionysos slaying a giant: Dionysos to right, bearded, with long ivy-crowned tresses, short purple chiton and pardalis (leopard skin), sword at side and shield, is transfixing with spear a giant, who kneels to right, looking back at him. The giant has a high-crested visored helmet with fillet, short chiton with purple spots, greaves, and drawn sword in right hand. He is also attacked by five attendant animals of Dionysos; a lion has leapt on his right shoulder and a hound on his left, and both are attacking his head, a panther seizes his left arm, while a hound has leapt on his left knee; a third hound is below his left leg.
(b) Scene from the palaestra (?): A nude bearded male figure to right, with right arm extended, carries a cock under left arm; facing him is a nude athlete, beardless, with long hair and fillet, in right hand a wreath.
- Production date
- 540BC-480BC (circa)
Height: 36.83 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- BM Cat. Vases
Bull. dell’ Inst. 1847, p. 102; Mayer, Gig. u. Titan, p. 323.
The giant on side A is probably Eurytos, cf. Apollodorus, i. 6, 2. For the whole of side A, cf. Roscher, pp. 1095-6, 1144, and Eur. Ion 187. These animals may denote various metamorphoses of Dionysos, according to Robert, Bild u. Lied, p. 22, n. 20; cf. the representations of Thetis and her metamorphoses.
- Not on display
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- Greek and Roman
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