7 December 2000
AN ATTIC BLACK-FIGURED NECK-AMPHORA
Circa 510 B.C.
One side with Herakles mounting a stepped bema to perform a kitharode before Iolaos and Hermes, the hero wearing the lion skin, holding his kithara in both hands, his club leaning against the bema, with Hermes moving to the right but looking back, and Iolaos to the left; the other side with the wedding procession of Peleus and Thetis, the bearded groom driving his veiled bride in a four-horse chariot, the procession led by Hermes, his identifying winged boots, broad-brimmed petasos and caduceus barely visible behind the horse heads, with Demeter behind him facing Apollo, who provides music for the occasion on his lyre, the plectrum in his right hand; with rays above the foot, a lotus bud chain below the scenes, red and black tongues on the shoulders, a palmette lotus chain on the neck, palmettes and lotus buds below the triple-reeded handles, with matching graffiti on the rim and under the foot
10 in. (25.4 cm) high
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For Herakles playing the kithara, see Schauenburg, "Herakles Musikos" in Jahrbuch des deutschen archäologischen Instituts, 94, pp. 49-76.
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