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Lapith & Centaur | Attic black figure vase painting
Museum Collection British Museum, London
Catalogue No. London 1836,0224.119
Beazley Archive No. -
Ware Attic Black Figure
Shape Amphora, Neck
Painter -
Date ca. 520 - 500 B.C.
Period Archaic


A Lapith warrior falls to a Centaur in the Centauromachy (War of the Centaurs. The warrior is armoured with helm, cuirass, shield and greaves, and holds a stone in his outstretched hand. The half-man, half-horse Centaur brandishes a large boulder, preparing to crush the fallen hero. He has the pug nose and bestial ears of a Satyr. The relative size of the rocks wielded by man and beast serves to emphasize the supernatural strength of the Centaur race.


Thessalian Centaurs