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Pottery rhyton in the form of a seated sphinx.
(a) Kekrops and his daughters, with Erichthonios and Nike. The scene divides into three groups: in the centre, Kekrops, on the left, bearded, with human body ending in a long serpent form, mantle over left shoulder, hair looped up with radiated stephane, sceptre upright in left hand, holding out in right a phiale to be filled by Nike, who stands en face, but looks at him, an oinochoe hanging in her right hand; she wears a long chiton with sleeves, a mantle and a saccos; both wings are spread to right. On left, Pandrosos, dressed like Nike, holding sceptre upright in right, confronts Erichthonios, who is seated to left on a rock, with himation drawn up over back of head. On right, Herse and Aglauros run to left; the foremost has a chiton with diplois and apoptygma, long hair flying, and radiated stephane; she extends an arm on each side, and looks back at her companion, who is dressed like Nike, and whose mantle covers both arms.
(b) On left below: Bearded satyr running to right, looking back, and extending his right arm: in his left he swings a club over his head.
(c) On right below: a woman (Maenad?) in long sleeved chiton and mantle, standing en face, looking to left, holding upright in her right a long staff, of which the top is cut off by the border of the design.
The cup (a) is one-handled, supported by a modelled figure of a Sphinx seated; the spaces between the fore and hind legs (b and c) are filled in; the whole stands on a black glazed plinth. The space between the forelegs is filled in and coloured vermilion; near the bottom a short cylindrical tube protrudes, forming a spout communicating with the interior, which is hollow throughout. The body and recurved wings of the Sphinx are white, with details in black, sometimes thinned to brown. The hair is confined in a saccos, coloured vermilion, but escapes around the forehead in a broad wavy roll, which is gilt; round the neck is a necklace, composed of three Gorgoneia, moulded and gilt, attached to a red cord which is only painted. The lips are vermilion; the eyes have the outlines, eyebrows, and lashes on both lids black, the eyeball brown with a black dot. Brown inner markings. Eye in transition type. Hair over forehead in rows of dots. Below (a), a band (broken by the tips of the wings) of alternate maeander and quatrefoil.
- Production date
- 470BC-450BC (circa)
Diameter: 12.70 centimetres
Height: 29.21 centimetres
Width: 7.50 centimetres (of base)
Depth: 19 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- BM Cat. Vases
J.H.S. vol. viii. pll. 72-73, p. 1; Bull. dell’ Inst. 1872, p. 42, no. 3.
- On display (G15/dc6)
- Exhibition history
Zuruck zur Klassik exhibition at Stadtische Galerie Liebieghaus, Frankfurt 8.2.13 - 26.5.13
- Acquisition date
- Greek and Roman
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