Friday, June 26, 2009

An orientalizing vessel

Here's a great example of an orientalizing vessel, called the Nessos amphora. In the decoration we see the winged gorgons in the centre. Notice the leg posture, interpreted as a sign of rapid movement. In the upper scene we find Hercules killing the Centaur Nessos.

The piece is dated to between 625 and 600 BC.

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