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Pottery: red-figured neck-amphora.
(a) Eros with a whip driving a youth from an altar. On the left Eros, a full-grown winged youth with long hair looped up over the ears and bound with a fillet, and a long single tress falling on each shoulder, flies in a nearly horizontal position after a youth who runs away, looking back, his arms extended on either side with a gesture of fear. Eros grasps in his right a whip with three thongs, and extends his left palm outwards towards the youth, as if warning him off; the youth has a mantle rolled up, passing over his left shoulder and arm, and wavy hair falling to the shoulders, and a fillet. Beneath Eros is an altar in the form of an Ionic column, with egg (?) pattern; on the shaft, two splashes of blood, on which an olive-wreath is laid. Beside the youth, AKEΣΤΟΡΙΕΣ; beside Eros, KAΛΟΣ, Άκεστορίδης καλός.
(b) An old bearded man, with long pointed nose, in long chiton and himation, wearing a fillet, carrying on left arm a crutch staff, walks slowly to left, extending his right arm, with palm outwards, as if to stop the action in a. On
the left, Άκεστορίδης καλός.
Purple fillets, cords of whip, wreath and splashes on altar, and inscriptions; brown inner markings. The ends of hair are drawn in dark brown on a light brown wash. The hair and beard of the man in b are indicated only in brown outline. Eye has pupil of dotted circle close against the inner angle, which is left open; in b the pupil is merely a dot. Below, a continuous band of sets of five maeanders separated by red cross (diagonal) squares. Below each handle, an inverted palmette.
- Production date
- 470BC (circa)
Height: 33.02 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- BM Cat. Vases
Panofka, Eigenn. mit καλός, pl. 4, 9, p. 83 (cf. Kunstblatt, 1825, n. 39), and Hyperb.-Rom. Studien, i, p. 160, 2; Arch. Zeit. 1848, p. 324, note 15; Furtwangler, Eros in der Vasenm, p. 16; Wernicke, Lieblingsn. p. 56, no. 1; Klein, Lieblingsinschr. p. 79, no. 1; Roscher, s.v. Eros, p. 1354; Hartwig, Meistersch. p. 263; C.I.Gr. 7789 b.
For the subject of a, cf. Hartwig, Meistersch. pl. 27; the author is certainly wrong in his interpretation (p. 263) that Eros in this vase is in the act of laying the whip on the altar and of beckoning to the youth with his left hand; cf. also Roscher, s.v. Eros, p. 1343.
A similar figure to that on b occurs on the rev. of the Dionocles vase, Panofka, Eigenn. pl. 4, 8.
- On display (G20a/dc45)
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- Greek and Roman
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