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Pottery: red-figured neck-amphora.
(a) Judgment of Paris. On the left Paris, a beardless youth with long hair wreathed, is seated on the side of a rock representing Mount Ida, with legs crossed; at the foot of the rock are three sheep and his chelys; he raises his right hand in surprise at the approach of the goddesses, and with his left hand under his mantle, he veils his face before them. Hera, who heads the procession, carries the apple in her left hand, and holds upright her lotus-topped sceptre in her right hand. Athene, who follows, holds in her right hand upright a spear, in her left a helmet with frontal ridge; over her shoulders is the aegis, which has one snake on the left shoulder, and the ends of her hair are passed through a roll. She turns to look at Aphrodite, who holds up on her right hand a figure of Eros, who is occupied in arranging her hair. All the goddesses wear a long chiton, himation, bracelets and a fillet. The himation of Aphrodite is brought up over the back of her head. On the left of Hera and of Aphrodite is inscribed ΚAΛE, καλή. Between Aphrodite and Athene is inscribed Χα[ρ]μ[ίδ]ης κ[αλός.
(b) Hermes, bearded, with talaria, chlamys, petasos hanging at his back, and fillet, running to right.
Finest stage of severe style, but drawing careless in the extremities of the figures. Purple wreath, fillet of Hera, bracelets and inscription. Brown inner markings, hair on cheek of Paris, wool of sheep, marks of shell of chelys. Around the shell a white rim. Eye archaic. The sheep on right is in bold foreshortening (back view). Below, a continuous band of maeander. Below each handle has been an inverted palmette, now mostly broken away.
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Height: 36.83 centimetres
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- BM Cat. Vases
Gerhard, Ant. Bildw. i, pl. 32; Panofka, Eigenn. mit καλός, pl. 3, fig. 2, p. 70; Welcker, Alt. Denkm. vol. v, pl. A, 2, p. 395; Raoul-Rochette, Mon. Ined. p. 262; Overbeck, Her. Bildw. pl. x, 1, p. 222, no. 54; J.H.S. vol. 4, p. 97; Wernicke, Lieblingsn. p. 87, no. 1; Klein, Lieblingsinschr. p. 74, no. 1; C.I.Gr. 7883.
There is no trace in b of the inscription Timoxenos kalos, nor of the caduceus, which are given in the publications. They had been restored in modern paint, the inscription probably on the analogy of another Blacas vase, BM Vase Ε292.
- On display (G20a/dc2)
- Much broken, parts of a and a large piece on right of b missing.
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- Associated Event: Judgement of Paris
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- Greek and Roman
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