Exact museum reproduction of a rare ancient Greek red figured Amphora with dolphin grips. (more information on Red figure pottery...)
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This amphora shows on one side Kephalos being carried off by Eos, the goddess of Dawn. Kephalos is already in Eos' chariot, which is preceded by Phosphoros, the morning Star. Below, at the bottom, sea monsters on left and right, between them a dolphin. All three indicate the sea above which the chariot of Dawn plies its course. The other side shows Peleus wrestling with Thetis who desperately tries to keep her freedom. Above them a dove with a wreath in its beak.
On the right- upper edge, a rock with two pipes coming out presumably indicating a spring where Thetis had been bathing. Two Nereids scatter in terror, one of them holding a chest in her hand, the other a mirror. On the crater's neck, pictures of a bull and stag respectively, being attacked by winged griffins.340 BC. Museo Nazionale di Villa Giulia, Rome.
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