Greece, Athens (Attic), ca. 5th Century BCE. An exceptional red figure stemmed kylix with twin upraised loop handles attached to a shallow bowl supported by an elegant pedestal foot. In tondo is a fantastic, large image of two hoplites at battle, both wearing their distinctive helmets, surrounded by a border of meticulously painted Greek key. The hoplite, the individual soldier in a phalanx, carried a large, round, bronze-faced shield known as a hoplon and an a eight-foot-long wooden spear with a leaf-shaped iron head and a bronze butt spike. Both of these items are visible here - the warrior who stands has stabbed the other with his spear, called a dory (also known as doru); the other warrior, who has fallen, holds his large hoplon so that it dominates the bottom right of the scene. The hoplon appears to have once had some kind of motif painted on its face that has been lost to time. An incredible image of ancient warfare! Size: 12.1" W (30.7 cm); 12" H (30.5 cm) on included custom stand.
Provenance: private East Coast, USA collection
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