Collection online

amphora

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1842,0314.3

  • Description

    Pottery: black-figured amphora: the death of Priam; Priam is being battered to death with the body of his grandson Astyanax.
    Designs in black on red panels with interlacing lotus and honeysuckle pattern above. The sides of the handles are chequered black and red.
    (a) Death of Priam: In the centre is Priam fallen to right on his back on the top of the altar of Zeus Herkeios, with white hair and beard, long purple chiton and embroidered himation, left hand raised in supplication to Neoptolemos, who stands over him to right. The latter is bearded and fully armed, with short embroidered chiton and Boeotian shield, and in right hand holds Astyanax by the right leg, about to hurl him on the ground; Astyanax is nude, and is represented on a small scale. Behind Priam is Hecuba to left, with long hair, fillet, long chiton, and diploidion, right hand raised to tear her hair, left extended in supplication. Behind her are two bearded figures, one moving to right, nude, looking back, the other has a fillet, long chiton, and striped himation. On the left is Andromache to right, with long hair, long striped chiton and diploidion, both arms raised; by her side a nude youth with long hair, running away to left and looking back (perhaps Polites).
    (b) Contest of Theseus and the Minotaur: Theseus to right, bearded, with long hair, cuirass, short chiton, and sheath at side, holds the Minotaur round the neck with left hand, and plunges sword into him. The latter has a bull's head, and kneels on one knee to right, looking to left, with stone in left hand; blood flows from the wound. On either side, looking on, is a female figure with long hair, fillet, long chiton tied at the waist and himation, and a nude youth with hair tied in a club.

    More 

  • Producer name

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 550BC-540BC (circa)
  • Production place

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 465 millimetres
    • Width: 320 millimetres
    • Depth: 335 millimetres
    • Weight: 4 kilograms (approx)
  • Curator's comments

    BM Cat. Vases

    Schneider, Tro. Sagenkr. p. 196; Overbeck, Her. Bildw. p. 623; Heydemann, lliupersis., p. 14, n. 3, and in Rom. Mittheil. J 888, p. 109; Wulff, Theseussage, p. 30.
    For the death of Priam, cf. Vase Β241.

  • Bibliography

    • Old Catalogue 607 bibliographic details
    • Vase B205 bibliographic details
    • CVA British Museum 3 III H e Pl. 43, 2 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G69/dc41

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:

    2009 2 Apr-13 Oct, Alicante, The Body Beautiful in Ancient Greek Art and Thought
    2010 30 Apr-30 Aug, Seoul, National Museum of Korea, The Body Beautiful in Ancient Greek Art and Thought Exhibited:
    2009 2 Apr-13 Oct, Alicante, The Body Beautiful in Ancient Greek Art and Thought
    2010 30 Apr-30 Aug, Seoul, National Museum of Korea, The Body Beautiful in Ancient Greek Art and Thought 2010-2011 15 Oct-07 Feb, Taipei, The National Palace Museum, The Body Beautiful in Ancient Greek Art and Thought
    2010-2011, 11 Mar-12 Jun, Kobe City Museum, The Body Beautiful in Ancient Greek Art and Thought
    2011, 4 July-25 Sept, Tokyo, The National Museum of Western Art, The Body Beautiful in Ancient Greek Art and Thought
    2011-2012, 25 Oct-12 Feb, Mexico City, National Anthropological Museum, The Body Beautiful in Ancient Greek Art and Thought
    2012-2013 6 Oct-6 Jan, Portland Art Museum, The Body Beautiful in Ancient Greek Art and Thought
    2013, 6 May–6 Oct, Dallas Museum of Art, The Body Beautiful in Ancient Greek Art and Thought
    2014, 21 Feb-9 Jun, Fondation Pierre Gianadda, The Body Beautiful in Ancient Greek Art and Thought
    2014, 2 Aug–9 Nov, Bendigo Art Gallery, Victoria, Australia, The Body Beautiful in Greek Art and Thought
    2015, 26 Mar-5 Jul, The British Museum, Defining Beauty: the body in ancient Greek art
    2016, 26 Jan-30 Oct, Cardiff, National Museum of Wales, Treasures: Adventures in Archaeology

  • Condition

    Badly damaged. Imperfectly fired.

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1842

  • Department

    Greek & Roman Antiquities

  • Registration number

    1842,0314.3

Pottery: black-figured amphora: the death of Priam; Priam is being battered to death with the body of his grandson Astyanax.  Designs in black on red panels with interlacing lotus and honeysuckle pattern above. The sides of the handles are chequered black and red.  (a) Death of Priam: In the centre is Priam fallen to right on his back on the top of the altar of Zeus Herkeios, with white hair and beard, long purple chiton and embroidered himation, left hand raised in supplication to Neoptolemos, who stands over him to right. The latter is bearded and fully armed, with short embroidered chiton and Boeotian shield, and in right hand holds Astyanax by the right leg, about to hurl him on the ground; Astyanax is nude, and is represented on a small scale. Behind Priam is Hecuba to left, with long hair, fillet, long chiton, and diploidion, right hand raised to tear her hair, left extended in supplication. Behind her are two bearded figures, one moving to right, nude, looking back, the other has a fillet, long chiton, and striped himation. On the left is Andromache to right, with long hair, long striped chiton and diploidion, both arms raised; by her side a nude youth with long hair, running away to left and looking back (perhaps Polites).  (b) Contest of Theseus and the Minotaur: Theseus to right, bearded, with long hair, cuirass, short chiton, and sheath at side, holds the Minotaur round the neck with left hand, and plunges sword into him. The latter has a bull's head, and kneels on one knee to right, looking to left, with stone in left hand; blood flows from the wound. On either side, looking on, is a female figure with long hair, fillet, long chiton tied at the waist and himation, and a nude youth with hair tied in a club.

Pottery: black-figured amphora: the death of Priam; Priam is being battered to death with the body of his grandson Astyanax. Designs in black on red panels with interlacing lotus and honeysuckle pattern above. The sides of the handles are chequered black and red. (a) Death of Priam: In the centre is Priam fallen to right on his back on the top of the altar of Zeus Herkeios, with white hair and beard, long purple chiton and embroidered himation, left hand raised in supplication to Neoptolemos, who stands over him to right. The latter is bearded and fully armed, with short embroidered chiton and Boeotian shield, and in right hand holds Astyanax by the right leg, about to hurl him on the ground; Astyanax is nude, and is represented on a small scale. Behind Priam is Hecuba to left, with long hair, fillet, long chiton, and diploidion, right hand raised to tear her hair, left extended in supplication. Behind her are two bearded figures, one moving to right, nude, looking back, the other has a fillet, long chiton, and striped himation. On the left is Andromache to right, with long hair, long striped chiton and diploidion, both arms raised; by her side a nude youth with long hair, running away to left and looking back (perhaps Polites). (b) Contest of Theseus and the Minotaur: Theseus to right, bearded, with long hair, cuirass, short chiton, and sheath at side, holds the Minotaur round the neck with left hand, and plunges sword into him. The latter has a bull's head, and kneels on one knee to right, looking to left, with stone in left hand; blood flows from the wound. On either side, looking on, is a female figure with long hair, fillet, long chiton tied at the waist and himation, and a nude youth with hair tied in a club.

Image description

Recommend


Feedback

If you’ve noticed a mistake or have any further information about this object, please email: collectiondatabase@britishmuseum.org 

View open data for this object with SPARQL endpoint

Object reference number: GAA10014

British Museum collection data is also available in the W3C open data standard, RDF, allowing it to join and relate to a growing body of linked data published by organisations around the world.

View this object

Support the Museum:
donate online

The Museum makes its collection database available to be used by scholars around the world. Donations will help support curatorial, documentation and digitisation projects.

About the database

The British Museum collection database is a work in progress. New records, updates and images are added every week.

More about the database 

Supporters

Work on this database is supported by a range of sponsors, donors and volunteers.

More about supporters and how you
can help  

Loading...