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Pottery: red-figured kylix. Purple is used for wreaths, inscriptions, sword-belts, reins, bracelets, and blood. Outline of hair incised throughout. The interior figure has thick blackish-brown inner markings, and no sketch marks; details such as eye and collar-bone roughly drawn. The exterior scenes are finer, and have profuse sketch marks. The upper overhanging part of the chiton has no folds drawn within the outline. The breasts of Kyknos are indicated as a rosette of dots.
Interior: Within thin red circle, a boy (purple wreath of four leaves) running to right, holding in left a leg of a sheep (?), and in right a chelys with plectrum attached by purple cord. In the field imitation inscriptions.
Exterior: (a) Combat of Heracles and Kyknos: Heracles (bearded, short chiton, lion skin over head, and tied round waist, scabbard hanging from double red cord over right shoulder) strides to right, with sword and Boeotian shield, of which the central handle is decorated with palmettes; above him inscribed ΗΕPΛΕΣ, Ήρ(ακ)λής. In front of him Kyknos (tall crested helmet, scabbard like that of Heracles, greaves, long hair looped up, sword in right) falls back to right upon his shield, which is half seen (device on near side, a lion springing to right, black silhouette). His head is averted towards Ares (head broken away, short chiton with fringed edge and cross pattern, cuirass, shield, greaves), who strides forward brandishing spear. On either side of this group a woman moves forward with one hand uplifted (each wears long chiton, himation over both shoulders, bracelets, and hair looped up at back with fillets). On extreme left, Athene (helmet, shield, long chiton, himation, aegis with scales and snakes) strides to right brandishing spear. In field imitation inscriptions.
(b) Combat of Dionysos with a Giant: Dionysos (bearded, long hair, wreath of four leaves, short-sleeved chiton, fastened with studs, pulled up over girdle, high endromides with flaps) strides to right, panther skin on left arm as shield, brandishing a thin wand (?) coloured purple: his opponent (high crested helmet, greaves, shield with device of a cock in silhouette to left) falls to right, his back to spectator, thrusting at Dionysos with a spear; blood gushes from his back and left thigh. On either side, a horse turned outwards, prancing, on the further side of which a helmeted youth stands holding him back by the bridle with both hands: the helmet of the one on the right is turned back, showing the face and the looped up hair: the face of the other is covered with his helmet. In the field, imitation inscriptions.
Beneath the handle on the right of (a) is an ivy leaf rising from the thin red circle which forms the ground line. Beneath the opposite handle an imitation inscription.
- Production date
- 510BC (circa)
Diameter: 33 centimetres
Height: 12.90 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- BM Cat. Vases
Murray, Designs from Greek Vases, no. 5.
The subject on the interiot also occurs on a Memnon cup in the Louvre, Wiener Vorlegebl, 1890-91, pl. x. 2.
- On display (G20a/dc1)
- Badly broken, but nothing important missing.
- Acquisition notes
- Probably acquired after 1841.
- Greek and Roman
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