Pottery: black-figured hydria (water-jar). Designs in black on drab ground, with incised lines and purple accessories. Round the neck a pattern of lotus buds; on the shoulder, a large tongue-pattern, alternately two purple stripes and two black, with maeander beneath. Round the mouth inside is a large tongue-pattern, purple and black stripes alternately. (a) Grotesque Gorgoneion with curly hair from which project snakes, protruding tongue and teeth, and fringe of hair round the chin, the features outlined in black; on either side a Sphinx crouching down with long hair and wings recurved; beneath the Sphinxes are ravens pecking at their hind feet. (b) A cock confronting a swan (?) with wings back-to-back; between them a floral ornament; behind the swan another cock to left, behind the cock, a water-bird to left with right leg raised. Below each handle a lotus-flower. Below: A frieze of birds to left, probably guinea-fowl or crane. Next, a myrtle-wreath, vertical zigzag lines, rays pointing upwards, with pomegranates on stems between, and round the foot tongue-pattern, purple and black alternately.

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Type of Thing
sphinx, bird, mythical figure/creature
incised, painted
Black figure


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In Gallery
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Archaic Greek

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