Battle between Heracles and the Amazons
Black-figure neck-amphora. Attic.
Attributed to the Antimenes Painter.
Clay.
Ca. 510 BCE.
Height 44.6, width 28.0, depth 29.0 cm, weight c. 4 kg.
Inv. No. 1837,0609.27.London, British Museum

Battle between Heracles and the Amazons.

Black-figure neck-amphora. Attic.
Attributed to the Antimenes Painter.
Clay.
Ca. 510 BCE.
Height 44.6, width 28.0, depth 29.0 cm, weight c. 4 kg.
Inv. No. 1837,0609.27.

London, British Museum.

Vulci.
Origin:
From Vulci. Purchased from Lucien Bonaparte, Prince of Canino and Musignano, 1837.
Description:
Pottery: black-figured neck-amphora. Below, maeander and lotus-buds.

(b) Heracles fighting the Amazons: Heracles in the centre to right, with lion’s skin, short chiton, sheath at side and quiver at back, is about to slay an Amazon (Andromache) with his drawn sword. She is endeavouring to retreat to right and looks back at him; his left hand is about to grasp her shoulder. She has long tresses, high-crested helmet with cheek-pieces, short chiton, spear, and Boeotian shield on which are four pellets and a boss in the shape of a rosette. Another Amazon (Alkaia) stands over her to left, defending her with spear and shield; she has long tresses, high-crested helmet with cheek-pieces, short purple chiton and cuirass. A third Amazon retreats to left, looking back, with long tresses, helmet as the others, short striped chiton, cuirass, pardalis, spear, and shield on which is a pellet.

Credits:
(cc) 2019. Photo, text: The British Museum (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0).
© The Trustees of the British Museum.
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