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Main panel: Troilos and Polyxene

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Three-dimensional approximation of the vase

Collection: London, British Museum
Summary: Troilos and Polyxena
Ware: Attic Red Figure
Painter: Name vase of the Troilos Painter
Context: From Vulci
Date: ca. 510 BC - ca. 490 BC

H 34.4

Primary Citation: ARV2, 297, 15
Shape: Hydria-kalpis
Beazley Number: 203082
Region: Etruria
Period: Archaic

Decoration Description:

Troilos and Polyxena. Polyxena runs at full speed to the right followed by Troilos, on horseback. Polyxena holds a sash over her head in both hands, and is looking back over her shoulder as she runs. Troilos spurs his horse forward with a stick and also looks back over his shoulder. He is mounted on a stallion which plunges forward, forelegs off the ground. A second horse runs along side it in a similar pose. Under the horses' bellies is a falling hydria, liquid spilling from the top and from a crack through the middle of the body. Troilos wears a short chiton held at the waist with a wide sash, and a chlamys held by a fibula at his neck. His hair is worn in a roll at the back of his neck with bangs and long side locks framing his face. A narrow cord binds the hair in place. Polyxena is wearing a chiton with an overfold. The sheer, lower part of the chiton is decorated with a simple black band. A narrow crossed fillet is tied around Polyxena's hair. The horses' manes are represented in a distinctive manner, being divided into three distinct parts.

Collection History:

The vase formerly belonged to the Forman collection. It was acquired by the museum in 1899.

Sources Used:

CVA, Gr. Brit. 7, Brit. Mus. 5, 13, pl. 78, 4; Boardman 1975, 113, fig. 190.

Other Bibliography:

Forman Sale Cat., 339; Hertz Sale Cat., 592; Fölzer 1906, pl. 10, no. 23; Beazley 1912, 171, pl. 2; ph. Ma. 3131 left; Boardman 1972, fig. 190; Henle 1973, 132 fig. 62; Birchall & Corbett 1974, fig. 66; Beazley Addenda 2, 211