|Summary:||Side A: Achilles and Thetis with other heroes. Side B: Herakles and centaurs.|
|Ware:||Attic Black Figure|
|Painter:||Attributed to the Sokles Painter|
|Date:||ca. 550 BC|
H. 25.5 cm.
The vase is in excellent condition. There is some minor loss of added colors.
Side A: Achilles and Thetis with other heroes. Menelaos and Odysseus have come to enlist Achilles for the Trojan War. Achilles and Thetis stand facing one another. Achilles holds a spear and raises his right hand to his mouth, palm inward. Thetis, dressed in a purple peplos, gestures with her right hand. Behind her stands Menelaos. Patroklos stands behind Achilles. His raised left hand is not preserved (perhaps he was pushing Achilles forward?). Behind him are Odysseus and Menestheus. All the warriors are naked and barefoot. Menelaos and Odysseus are bearded. Menestheus has long sideburns. Side B: Herakles and centaurs. Herakles battles three centaurs. Herakles has raised his sword against the centaur on the right, Asbolos, who brandishes a tree. Two centaurs gallop to the aid of their companian. They have come up behind Herakles, the first (Petraios) preparing to heave a large boulder at him, the second (Ulaios) ready to strike him with a small tree. The centaurs are bearded, as is Herakles, who wears a short chiton under his lion skin. His empty sword sheath hangs at his side.
Figures on both sides are labelled. On side A between the two main figures: