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Pottery: red-figured dinos (mixing bowl).
Combat of Attic heroes with Amazons in three groups:
(1) Theseus strides forward to despatch with his sword the fallen and wounded Andromache, who brandishes a battle-axe, her left hand holding a bow; she wears a Greek helmet; Theseus is armed with helmet and shield. Behind him is Peirithoos, similarly armed, but with spear in place of shield. These three are inscribed respectively OEΣEVS, Θησεΰς; A . . POMA ., Ά[νδ]ρομά[χη]; ... ΡΙΘΟΣ, Πei]piθo[o]s. Next is Phorbas (name not visible). Beyond the fallen Amazon, three mounted ones gallop up side by side, the furthest being inscribed E .. VOΓΓIH, Ίπ πολ[ΰτ]η; she wears a helmet in the form of a Phrygian cap, with lions (?) on the cheek-pieces. Of the other two, one wears a fox-skin cap and sleeved jerkin, and swings a battle-axe; the other has sleeved jerkin, bow, and spear.
(2) Beside an olive tree an Amazon with crested helmet, sword, and pelta, moves away and turns to thrust with spear at a Greek, who aims a cross-stroke at her with a short sword; on his shield is the device of an eagle with serpent in beak. Behind him Akamas advances cautiously (device on shield, fore-part of boar); he is inscribed ΖAMA . Α, Ά[κ]άμας• On the left of the tree an Amazon with battle-axe, bow, and quiver runs at full speed to help the other.
(3) A young Greek (Melaneus?), who has fallen on his knees, is on the point of being killed by an Amazon who thrusts her sword into his chest;they are inscribed respectively ΜΕΛΑ . . VΣ.Meλa-[νe]υs and .. . Λ AΣ. On the right, Sthenelos comes to the rescue with his sword (shield with device of lion); he is inscribed ΣOΕ....., ΣΘe(veλos).The whole scene takes
place on rocky ground.
Band of alternate key pattern and chequer squares below the design, which is in the form of a continuous frieze. Laurel wreath design round the lip and egg pattern on the outer edge.
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Height: 25 centimetres
Width: 34 centimetres
Depth: 34 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- CVA 6:
One of the finest examples of the later R.F. or 'free' style in existence.
Bibl. Forman Sale Cat. (1899), no. 357; Arch. Zeit., 1856, p. 253; Beazley, Vases in Amer. Mus., pp. 152, 177; Benndorf, Heroon von Gjblbashi-Trysa, p. 150, fig. 139; Classical Review, 1899, p. 392 (C. Smith); Furtwaengler-Reichhold, pi. 58 ; Gerhard, Auserl. Vasenb. iv. pis. 329, 330, pp. 104,126; Miss Harrison, Mythol. and Monum. of Anct. Athens, p. 135, fig. 27; Jahrbuch, 1887, p. 169; 1894, p. 68; 1916, pp. 207, 222, fig. 37; Klugmann, Amazonen, p. 49; Lethaby, Gk. Buildings in Brit. Mus., fig. 105; Loewy, Polygnot, p. 41, fig. 34; Mon. Antichi, xxii. p. 538; Reinach, Repertoire, ii. p. 163; Waagen, Treasures of Art in England, ii. p. 81; Walters, Anct. Pottery, i. p. 87, ii. p. Ill; Winter, Jiingere alt. Vasen, p. 35.
- On display (G19/dc1)
- Exhibition history
2016, 28 Apr-14 Aug, London, British Museum, Sicily: Culture and Conquest
2017, 21 Apr-13 Oct, Parco Archeologico e Paesaggistico della Valle dei Templi di Agrigento, Il British alla Valle dei Templi. Capolavori dall’antica Akragas in mostra a Villa Aurea.
- In fine condition, but black varnish partly turning to red (perhaps from fire); purple and brown for details.
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- Greek and Roman
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