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Decoration and inscription on handle

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Side B: view from below

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Overview: interior of cup

Douris cup depicting Peleus and Thetis: drawing of the exterior, side B, s...

Douris cup depicting Peleus and Thetis: drawing of the exterior, side A, s...

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Tondo: Herakles holding kantharos

Collection: Munich, Antikensammlungen
Summary: Interior: Herakles and AthenaSides A-B: Peleus and Thetis
Ware: Attic Red Figure
Painter: Attributed to Douris
Attributed By: J.D. Beazley
Potter: Attributed to Python
Context: From Vulci
Date: ca. 490 BC - ca. 470 BC

D. 0.33 m.

Primary Citation: ARV2, 441, 185
Shape: Kylix
Beazley Number: 205230
Region: Etruria
Period: Late Archaic/Early Classical

Decoration Description:

Side A: Peleus and Thetis. In the center, Peleus wrestles Thetis to make her his wife. A small lion biting Peleus' upper arm represents one of the creatures Thetis transformed herself into to escape his attacks. Peleus wears a short chiton, Thetis a chiton and himation, her hair in a sakkos. To either side, Nereids flee, holding their arms high in distress, some holding dolphins and fish.

Side B: Nereids run to their father Nereus, and one clasps his head and beseeches him for help.

Tondo: Herakles resting while Athena pours him a drink. Herakles sits on a rock, wearing a lion skin over his head, and holds out a kantharos. He holds his left hand up, gesturing. Athena, standing before him, pours wine from a trefoil oinochoe. She wears a diadem and holds her owl in her left hand, while her spear rests in her arm and her helmet is set on a rock beside her. Behind the two, an olive tree.


On handle: *I*E*R*O*N *E*P*O*E*S*E*N. The handle however is a later repair, and the cup was probably potted by Python.

Sources Used:

Arias & Hirmer 1962