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Attic Black Figure Pelike - PF.5358
Circa: 6 th Century AD to 2 nd Century AD
Dimensions: 33.7" (85.6cm) high


Location: United States
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The obverse of this pelike shows the goddess Athena holding a raised spear preparing to slay a kneeling warrior. She wears a himation with a wavy border over a peplos (a heavy, sleeveless tunic worn by women). Her white skin stands out starkly against the black of her dress as she lunges with one foot raised towards the warrior. On the reverse is a hunting scene showing a hunter carrying a bundle of spears while riding on a long-legged horse. An elegant hound looks up at his master as an attendant comes from behind holding a staff with a rounded top. This vase is attributed to the Theseus Painter who was fond of scenes depicting the hero Theseus and who is also known for his fine animals- -as is amply demonstrated on this beautiful vase. - (PF.5358)

 

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