Greek lekythos depicting the centaur Cheiron
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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Ancient World: Greek: Pottery: Pre AD 1000: item # 1147847
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|An Attic black figure pottery lekythos decorated with a depiction of a centaur dipping his kantharos into a partially buried pithos containing wine. The centaurs were a mythological race of half-man-half-horse creatures who lived in the mountains and forests of Greece. The centaurs loved wine and the scene on this vase refers to the story of Herakles' visit to Pholos and the tragic accidental death of the centaur Cheiron who was struck by a poisoned arrow after starting a drunken battle with his fellow centaurs after stealing wine from a pithos opened in the hero's honour. Foot chipped, some ancient stress cracks on the body and general wear to the decoration as seen in the photographs Size: 14.5 x 4.9 cms Formerly in the collection of a convent in Hertfordshire, UK; probably acquired in the early 20th Century.|