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Athena stands at the left witnessing the fight. She wears a helmet (with added purple around the crest), necklace, earrings and bracelets, and is clad in an elaborately patterned chiton and himation, the latter being draped around the aegis. A ferocious snake is knotted around her shoulders and she holds a spear in one hand and a flower (with added purple) in the other.
The left warrior wears a double-crested snake helmet (outlined in added purple) and patterned chitoniskos. His greaves, thigh protectors, and cuirass are decorated with volutes. A sword with raptor finial is slung around him on an added purple baldric. He holds out a shield edged in added purple and attacks with a spear.
The right warrior wears a patterned chitoniskos, greaves, a helmet with a dog at the base of the crest, a sword on a baldric, carries a round shield with a scorpion device, and also attacks with a spear.
Behind him, Hermes strides to the left holding out his caduceus (with added purple), wearing a patterned chlamys fastened with a pin, and a cap.
The figures' helmets project into the ornament band above.
Attic red figure amphora from Vulci, Etruria. H. 0.57 m
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