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AN ATTIC BLACK-FIGURED WHITE-GROUND KYATHOS
ANCIENT VASES FROM THE COLLECTION OF WILLIAM SUDDABY
AN ATTIC BLACK-FIGURED WHITE-GROUND KYATHOS

GROUP OF VATICAN G57, CIRCA 515-505 B.C.

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AN ATTIC BLACK-FIGURED WHITE-GROUND KYATHOS
GROUP OF VATICAN G57, CIRCA 515-505 B.C.
With a battle between Herakles and a warrior, perhaps Kyknos, depicted between large eyes with brows, the hero clad in his lionskin, holding his club in his right hand, leaning forward and grasping the edge of the warrior's shield, a tripod as the blazon, the nude warrior crouching low, his head turned back, his left elbow against his bent left knee, his right leg outstretched behind, armed with a high-crested Chalcidian helmet, the crown decorated with a plume, vines in the field; a crouching warrior on either side of the high-arching handle, each armed with a crested Corinthian helmet, spear and shield, the blazon of each shield in relief framed by two spheres and a crescent, one with a satyr mask, the other with a bearded snake; details in added red and white
6 in. (15.2 cm.) high as restored
Provenance
The Marquess of Northampton.
The Castle Ashby Vases; Christie's, London, 2 July 1980, lot 67.
Literature
J. Boardman and M. Robertson, Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum, Great Britain, Castle Ashby, Northampton, Oxford, 1979, pl. 24, nos. 7-9.
A.J. Paul, Exhibition catalogue, A View into Antiquity: Pottery from the Collection of William Suddaby and David Meier, Tampa, 2001, no. 16.
Exhibited
Tampa Museum of Art, A View into Antiquity: Pottery from the Collection of William Suddaby and David Meier, 14 October 2001-13 January 2002.

Lot Essay

This group likely represents Herakles battle Kyknos. The tripod shield blazon would suit the location of Delphi, where Kyknos robbed and killed supplicants on their way to the oracular shrine.
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