|ATTIC RED-FIGURE PELIKE IN THE KERCH STYLE FROM GROUP G
Arimasp battling two winged griffins wears an barbarian costume with leggings, a pelta beneath his knee, as he struggles to rise to his feet. Reverse: Two draped figures, a stele between.
Ca. 350-330 BC
H. 11 3/4 in. (29.9 cm.)
Ex Vakilli collection, Paris.
Published: J. Eisenberg, Ancient Arms, Armor, and Images of Warfare, 2004, no. 59; J. Eisenberg, Art of the Ancient World, 2005, no. 94; J. Eisenberg, One Thousand Years of Ancient Greek Vases II, 2010, no. 105; J. Eisenberg, Art of the Ancient World, 2014, no. 111.
In Greek mythology, griffins lived far to the north and guarded large deposits of gold. They were in constant conflict with the Arimasps, a tribe of one-eyed people, who regularly tried to steal the gold. Although literary sources describe the Arimasps as one-eyed, visual artists did not follow this convention, instead, merely depicting them in barbarian costume. These vases were made for the Greek colony of Panticapaeum, on the Kerch Strait in the Ukraine.