• Black-figured Kylix. Inside: Heracles with the Horse of Diomedes. On the Outside: Hermes with the Caduceus and Perseus

    Dimensions:
    height 8,5 cm; diam. of the bowl 22,5 cm

Black-figured Kylix. Inside: Heracles with the Horse of Diomedes. On the Outside: Hermes with the Caduceus and Perseus

Created: Attica. 520s BC

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Kylix is a bowl with two handles for drinking wine, which was used at feasts. This example was painted by the Attic vase-painter Psiax and is notable for its free composition. On the inside of the bowl is Heracles taming a mare of Diomedes. King of Thrace, Diomedes fed his mares on the flesh of strangers who entered his kingdom. Heracles overcame Diomedes and threw him to his own horses, which he then tamed. Usually the drawing on the bottom of a kylix was limited to a round medallion. Psiax rejects this limitation and freely spreads the elegant black silhouette over the surface, marking details with the use of fine incisions and red paint. The master is more archaic in the decoration of the outer walls, where Hermes and Perseus are shown in the pose of so-called "kneeling run", their figures represented in conventional turn (head and legs in profile, eye and shoulders en face). At the same time Psiax clearly indicates the difference between the swift pace of the young Perseus and the more majestic movements of the god Hermes. The unique element in this kylix is the use of a red lacquered ground.

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Black-figured Kylix. Inside: Heracles with the Horse of Diomedes. On the Outside: Hermes with the Caduceus and Perseus

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height 8,5 cm; diam. of the bowl 22,5 cm

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ГР-28190

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