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Currently on view at: Getty Villa, Gallery 110, Stories of the Trojan War
Lakonian Black-Figure Kylix
Attributed to the Hunt Painter (Greek (Lakonian), active 565 - 530 B.C.)
Sparta, Lakonia, Greece (Place created)
about 530 B.C.
13 x 19.5 cm (5 1/8 x 7 11/16 in.)
A bird sign appeared to them, flying high and holding to the left and carrying in its talons a gigantic snake, blood-colored, alive still, and breathing, it had not forgotten its warcraft yet, for writhing back it struck the eagle that held it by the chest and neck, so that the eagle let it drop groundward in pain of the bite, and dashed it down in the midst of the battle and itself, screaming high, winged away down the wind's blast. And the Trojans shivered with fear as they looked on the lithe snake lying in their midst, a portent of