Greek vase magnet – Achilles (British Museum exclusive)

    SKU: cmcnk47410

    £2.99 Members' price *


    Created especially for the British Museum, this small novelty magnet is based on an ancient Greek pot dated to around 540BC-530BC.

    The decorations on the vase portray a key scene from Greek mythology: Achilles slaying Penthesilea. A vital part of the Trojan saga, it is the moment in which Achilles (a Greek warrior) and Penthesilea (a queen of the Amazons, who were the enemy) fall in love. The vase shows Achilles thrusting his spear into the neck of the Amazon whose ambiguous pose - half fleeing, half falling - cleverly conveys the essence of her predicament. His eyes meet hers as he delivers the fatal blow.

    The original piece resides in the British Museum. It was found in Cyrenaica, modern Libya. This small-scale interpretation serves as a decorative ornament or gift that conveys a key historical story.

    View the original Greek vase that inspired the design here
    Read more about ancient Greek pottery here


    Product code: cmcnk47410
    Details: Exclusive to the British Museum
    Size: 6cm x 5cm x 1cm
    Materials: Resin
    Weight: 0.085kg
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