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The Vase and Minor Objects Collection

The pelike main decoration theme is visible, in which Hercules defeats the servants of the Egyptian king Bousiris
Red-figure pelike

This Attic pelike is an excellent example of the early Red-Figure Style of the Classical period. This wheel-made vase, a type of amphora, was used for wine or oil. The main decorative scene depicts a well-known mythological episode: Hercules defeats the servants of the Egyptian king Bousiris, who tried to sacrifice him in order to appease their god and get rid of the pest that plagued their land. The Africans are depicted bald and gesticulating wildly to convey their despair. This scene has intensity and drama, and the artist paid particular attention to the details and the architecture of the altar. This vase is attributed to the Pan painter, one of the most inventive and able vase-painters in Athens at the beginning of the 5th century BC.

Exhibit Features
Date: Classical period, 470 B.C.
Creators:
Place of discovery: Thespies
Dimensions: height: 0,34 m
Material: Clay
Inventory number: 9683
Usage: Transportation
Copyright: Hellenic Ministry of Culture
 
 
 
  Suggestive Bibliography
 
Beazley J.D., Attic Red-figure Vase-painters I-III, , 1963, . 554, 82
 
van Straten F.T., Hiera Kala: Images of Animal Sacrifice in Archaic and Classical Greece, Religions in the Graeco-Roman World 127, , 1995, . 256, . V 341, . 49