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Figures very indistinct; enamel yellow inside, olive-green outside; much worn on exterior. Small ring-shaped handles, with attachments above in the form of double volutes.
Round the body, a frieze of figures in relief, forming-three groups:
(A) (1) Penthesileia fallen on left knee to left, with right foot extended and drapery falling over right thigh; her arms are supported from behind by Achilles, with short sword (?) at side. (2) A youthful figure seated on a rock to left, regarding the first group, with hands clasped round right knee, sword (?) at side and drapery underneath, apparently the figure of the seated Achilles repeated from (B). (3) The armour of Achilles: Thetis (?) advancing rapidly to right, holding Achilles' helmet in right hand by her side, and some other object in her extended left; she wears long chiton floating behind and twisted up round the hips; Achilles to front with chlamys over left arm and staff in right hand ending in a tendril; Nereid, resembling (3) but seated to left, holding up a greave in both hands.
(B) The Embassy to Achilles: Phoinix turned partly to left, wrapped in himation, holding a staff; Nike to right, holding out jug in right and libation-bowl in left, resembling Thetis; Odysseus (?) to right, wearing himation over left shoulder and round lower limbs, holding up a sprig before Achilles seated to left, resembling No. 2 (no sword visible; right foot resting on higher ground; wears shoes).
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Height: 7.62 centimetres
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- Roman Pottery
Mazard, Glaqures plombiferes, p. 62. Cf. for the Achilles and Penthesileia group, Robert, Antike Sarkophag-reliefs, ii. p. 134.
- On display (G70/dc19)
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