Achilles receives new armor
To the far left stands Athena, in a scale breastplate, helmet and chiton.
She holds a lance and gestures with her right hand to Achilles.
In front of her stands a Nereid holding a helmet and lance.
She wears a chiton with an overblouse extending to her waist, and a scarf in her hair.
In the center of the composition sits Achilles, mourning the death of his friend Patroclus.
He is seated on a chair to the left, his head bowed. His upper body is wrapped in a cloak which partially covers his head, and he is wearing a diadem.
Underneath the cloak a short embroidered chiton is visible. He holds a staff in his left hand.
Thetis stands to his left, her arms wrapped around his shoulders.
Her hair is bound up in a diadem, and she wears a long chiton and over it a cloak decorated with circles.
To the right of this scene, another Nereid stands, her right hand covering her mouth as though she were moved by Achilles' suffering.
She wears a chiton and an overcloak pinned at the left shoulder.
With her left hand, she balances a shield upright on the ground. The shield design is of a woman (Athena?).
The nereid's hair is pulled up in a scarf.
Behind her stands an old man, possibly Phoinix, wearing a himation.
Attic red figure pelike from Kameiros, Dodecanese.
Attributed to Earlier Mannerists, ca. 470-460 BCE
London, British Museum E 363
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