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|Collection:||London, British Museum|
|Summary:||Body: Foundry scene; two men at a forge.|
|Ware:||Attic Black Figure|
|Painter:||Attributed to Keyside Class|
|Date:||ca. 510 BC - ca. 500 BC|
H. 0.257 m.
Broken and repaired; some pieces missing.
Body: A foundry scene is depicted. In the center is a tall, tubular-shaped forge. On the left a bearded man crouches. He has taken a piece of heated metal from the forge with pliers, and holds it on the anvil in front of him. With his left hand he gestures to his assistant, who is standing on the other side of the forge. The assistant stands facing left, leaning on a large hammer with his right hand. In the background, various other tools hang on the wall; a pair of pliers, a hammer, and the handle of another tool.
Also in the background are the retrograde inscriptions
It has been suggested that the bearded master is actually Hephaistos (White, 37), but there is nothing about him to suggest divinity, and daily life scenes like this were common on vases of the period; see for example
Trefoil mouth oinochoe
In the background are the retrograde inscriptions
Greek and Roman Technology (London, 1984) 37, fig. 28 Antike Werkstattbilder (Berlin, 1982) 20, fig. 11
AttiMGrecia N.S. 9-10 (1968-69) 44, pl. 12a Künstler und Handwerker in Griechenland und Rom (Mainz, 1985) pl. 29 Les Répresentations d'Artisans sur les Vases Attique (Wrocaw, 1975) 57, fig. 19