Side A: Boreas* and Oreithyia Side B: three sisters and the father
Rome, Mus. Naz. Etrusco di Villa Giulia
* BOREAS was the purple-winged god of the north wind, one of the four directional Anemoi (wind-gods). He was also the god of winter, who swept down from the cold northern mountains of Thrake, chilling the air with his icy breath. To the north, beyond his mountain home, lay Hyperborea, a land of eternal spring which was never touched by the god's cold wind.
A pelike is a one-piece ceramic container similar to an amphora.
It has two open handles that are vertical on their lateral aspects and even at the side with the edge of the belly, a narrow neck, a flanged mouth, and a sagging, almost spherical belly.
Unlike the often-pointed bottom of many amphorae, the pelike's bottom is always flanged so it will stand on its own.
Pelikes are often intricately painted, usually depicting a scene involving people. The shape first appeared at the end of the 6th century BCE and continued to the 4th century BCE.
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