12 June 2002
AN ATTIC BLACK-FIGURED HYDRIA
Circa 520 B.C.
The main panel with the wedding procession of Peleus and Thetis, the groom wearing a striped chlamys, driving his veiled bride in a quadriga, the procession led by Hermes, partially hidden behind the horses and identifiable by his petasos and winged boots, a goddess behind him, perhaps Athena, her white-painted face and spear visible above the heads of two of the horses, a torch before her, Dionysus at the center facing the couple, a wreath in his hair, raising a kantharos, to the left Apollo playing the lyre, wearing a patterned chiton below a chlamys, a female attendant in a striped himation standing behind the chariot, carrying a folded robe on her head, the scene framed by bands of ivy on each side, with two right-facing lions confronting two left-facing boars in the predella; the shoulder with Theseus slaying the Minotaur, the hero lunging forward, a sword in his hand, grasping the monster by the wrist, with three draped onlookers on the left and two on the right, perhaps the Athenian youths; with rays above the foot, alternating red and black tongues on the shoulders, tongues on the mouth, and two groups of graffiti below the foot
16½ in. (42.9 cm) high
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Related to the Antimenes Painter. See for example a hydria in Lyon, no. 3, p. 280 in Beazley, Attic Black-figure Vase-painters.
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