Side A: The Departure


An infantryman and archer face an older man, who leans on a staff and is dressed in a hymation, or cloak. Behind the soldiers stands a woman with her hymation pulled over her head and her covered hands drawn up to her mouth, a gesture of concern for the departing men. A large hound looks up at her from behind the soldiers' legs. The first soldier wears the armor of a hoplite, or infantry soldier, which included greaves (leg armor), a pair of throwing spears, a round shield, and a helmet. Not shown, but also included in an infantryman's armor, was a corselet, or body armor, and short sword with a sheath and baldric.

Behind the hoplite stands an archer, who carries a bow and wears a pointed cap, features which distinguish him as a Scythian, or central Asian (Boardman, p. 208). While no inscriptions identify the figures, the scene could be Ajax and Teucer departing for Troy.

As generally found in black-figure painting, the figures are shown in profile with their feet carefully lined up on a single ground line. The details of armor, drapery, muscles, hair, and facial features are drawn with uniformly thin, incised lines. Following the convention for depicting women, the feet of the woman are given a coat of white gloss, as was her face (the subsequent loss of the facial gloss is indicated by the dull grey color of this area). The panther on the shield is also drawn in white gloss on black.