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  • Description

    Pottery: black-figured amphora. Designs black on red panels, with borders of lotus-buds along the top; accessories of white and purple.
    (a) Four male figures stung by bees, all nude and bearded; they are Laios, Keleos, Kerberos, and Aigolios, who plundered from the hives the honey on which the infant Zeus was nourished. The one on the left tries to drive off with a branch the bees which are stinging him on the knees, feet, and back; his left foot is drawn up in agony. The next to right is squatting down, full face, raising left hand to his head; bees are stinging him on the head, right arm, left knee and foot, and penis. The next, with a branch, is endeavouring to drive off bees which are stinging him in the breast and left arm. The last figure is crouching down to right, holding in his hands the disk-shaped stone on which one of the hives had been placed; he is being stung on the head, breast, left knee and penis. In the field are numerous other bees flying about.
    (b) Satyrs and Maenads: In the centre is a Maenad to left, dancing, with right arm raised, and another to right on each side, dancing, the one on right looking back. All have long hair, fillets, and long embroidered chitons with diploidia. On either side are two Satyrs facing them; of the two on the left, the greater part is lost.


  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 540BC (circa)
  • Production place

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 36.83 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    BM Cat. Vases

    For the infant Zeus and honey, cf. Roscher, p. 154 and Antoninus Liberalis, Transformat. 19.

  • Bibliography

    • Old Catalogue 579* bibliographic details
    • Vase B177 bibliographic details
    • CVA British Museum 3 III H e, Pl. 32, 1 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Condition

    Large parts of the reverse missing.

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  • Department

    Greek & Roman Antiquities

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Pottery: black-figured amphora (jar): Four men stung by bees (back: satyrs and maenads).

Pottery: black-figured amphora (jar): Four men stung by bees (back: satyrs and maenads).

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