12 June 2000
AN ATTIC BLACK-FIGURED HYDRIA
tyrrhenian group, circa 550-540 b.c.
The panel on the body with a quadriga scene, two figures standing in the chariot, a bearded man in a red cloak holding the reins and a goad, the horses all black with red details but for one in white, its head lowered, nonsense inscriptions in the field, a lotus bud chain below, bands of ivy on either side; the shoulder panel with a pair of sirens with outstretched wings on either side of lotus-palmette cross, two rosettes in the field, alternating red and black tongues above; rays above the foot, red banding on the interior, each end of the handles with applied knobs in imitation of the rivets of a metal vessel
137/8 in. (35.24 cm) high
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For the subject and style compare the amphora in Berlin, p. 96, no. 12 in Beazley, Attic Black-figure Vase-painters, (Berlin 1712).
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