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amphora

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1837,0609.42

  • Description

    Pottery: black-figured amphora.
    (a) Pholos receiving Heracles: On the left is Pholos to right, carrying a large bough over his left shoulder, from which hang a hare and a fox tied by the forelegs, and a bird tied by its beak; he is laying his hand in that of Heracles, who confronts him. Heracles is bearded, with short embroidered chiton, sword and quiver at girdle, club over left shoulder, from which the lion's skin is suspended. Behind him is Hermes seated to left, bearded, with long hair, fillet, striped embroidered chlamys, petasos, endromides, and caduceus. By the side of Pholos is a hind walking to right.
    (b) Olive-gathering: Three olive-trees; in the branches of the centre one is a nude youth seated to left with a stick in his hands, with which he shakes down the olives. Two bearded figures, one on each side, with purple drapery round the loins, are beating the trees with long sticks; the one on the right wears a pilos. At the foot of the tree is a nude youth kneeling to right, picking up the olives, as they fall, into a basket.

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  • Producer name

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 520BC
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 40.64 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    BM Cat. Vases

    De Witte, Descr. No. 76; Berichte d. Sächs. Gesellsch. 1867, pi. 2, p. 88 ; Baumeister, p. 1047.
    For the subject of side A, cf. Gerhard, A.V. ii. pls. 119-120, 7; Stephani, Compte-Rendu, 1873, p. 90 ff., and pl. v.; J.H.S. i. p.111. For side , cf. Berlin Cat. 1855; Inghirami, Vast Fitt. iii. 230; Micali, Storia, pl. 92; Panofka, Bild. Ant. Leb. pl. xiv. 8; and Gerhard, A.V. ii. p. 46.

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  • Bibliography

    • Old Catalogue 538 bibliographic details
    • Vase B226 bibliographic details
    • CVA British Museum 4 III H e Pl. 55, 4 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G69/dc15

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited: 2001 15 Jun-31 Oct, Barcelona, Bread, Oil and Wine

  • Condition

    Repaired.

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1837

  • Department

    Greek & Roman Antiquities

  • Registration number

    1837,0609.42

Pottery: black-figured amphora showing a scene of olive-gathering. A naked youth seated in a tree shakes down olives with sticks. Two bearded figures beat the trees with sticks, and a naked youth collects the fallen olives in a basket. The other side show

Pottery: black-figured amphora showing a scene of olive-gathering. A naked youth seated in a tree shakes down olives with sticks. Two bearded figures beat the trees with sticks, and a naked youth collects the fallen olives in a basket. The other side show

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