Yale 1913.111BLACK-FIGURE LEKYTHOS
Lent by the Yale University Art Gallery; gift of Rebecca Darlington Stoddard (1913.111)
Height: 12 11/16 in. (32.1 cm.)
The chariot of Admetos. Apollo mounts a chariot drawn by lions and boars. He is dressed in a chlamys, and his lyre is tied on his back. Hermes and two women (goddesses?) look on. Apollo, having displeased Zeus, was forced to spend a year on earth in the service of Admetos, king of Pherae. Admetos wished to wed Alkestis, who could only be won by the man who yoked a lion and a boar to a chariot. Apollo, wishing to help Admetos, accomplished the task for him, and Admetos won his bride (Apollod. 1.9.14-15). Above, double row of dots between lines; on the shoulder, seven palmettes with tendrils; at the neck, tongues; below the scene, three red lines circling the vase. Red: folds of the drapery; fillet of Apollo, edge of his lyre case; part of the chariot; beard of Hermes; tongues of the lions and boars; rear, ribs, and neck of the lion; fillet of the woman on the right. White: female flesh (traces can be seen overlapping the black base).
Related to the Edinburgh Painter [Haspels] The shape and decoration are characteristic of the Edinburgh Painter: his lekythoi are big and tall, there is a fillet at the base, and the foot is a thick torus with the side reserved. The palmettes on the shoulder follow one of his usual systems, as does the double row of dots (Haspels 1936, 88). The choice of this myth is unusual; it is rarely found in Attic red or black-figure vase painting.