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Williams 64.9


Lent by the Williams College Museum of Art (1964.9)

Height: 14 in. (35.5 cm.)

Broken and repaired; some restoration. Graffito on shoulder.

Side A: Poseidon vs. Polybotes. This is a scene from the war between the gods and the giants. On the left Poseidon wields his trident and a huge rock, which, Apollodoros tells us (Apollod. 1.5.2), he broke from the island of Cos to throw at the giant Polybotes, who was buried under it. When the rock fell into the sea, it became the island of Nisyros. Poseidon steps on Polybotes who is falling back, javelin in left hand and shield (device: lion) on left arm. In his right hand he holds a saber (machaira), the common weapon of cavalrymen, foreigners, and barbarians.

Side B: komos. Three drunken youths make merry. The youth on the left has a pointed amphora; the one in the middle, a skyphos. The youth on the right seems to be asking for a drink.

Below on A, rightward swastika meander; on B, simple rightward key; above, framed tongues.Red: fillets in hair of youths and Polybotes.

Attributed to the Troilos Painter [Beazley] ca. 500 - 475 B.C.

Barbara Philippaki places this stamnos near one in the Louvre (Louvre G 55; ARV2, 187, no. 58) by the Kleophrades Painter, strengthening the connection between him and the Troilos Painter (Philippaki 1967, 48). According to Beazley, the Williams vase was found together with a stamnos by the Kleophrades Painter now in the Astarita Collection in the Vatican (Vatican 735; ARV2, 1632, no. 58 bis).


Antike Kunst 6 (1963) no. 1, advertisement p. iii; ARV2, 1643, no. 10 bis; Andre Emmerich Gallery, Inc., Masterpieces of Greek Vase Painting, exhibition catalogue (April 22 - May 30, 1964) no. 24; American Heritage, Horizon Book of Ancient Greece (New York 1966) 28; Philippaki 1967, 48, 56.

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    • Pseudo-Apollodorus, Library, 1.5.2
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