Attributed to Oltos
Date: ca. 520–510 B.C.
Culture: Greek, Attic
Medium: Terracotta; red-figure
Dimensions: H. 11 7/8 in. (30.20 cm)
Credit Line: Gift of Norbert Schimmel Trust, 1989
Accession Number: 1989.281.69
This procession of identically dressed foot soldiers seems to advance with military precision. A number of other dolphin-riding hoplites appear on vases of this period. All are accompanied by a flute player, suggesting that this scene illustrates a dramatic chorus, probably from a contemporary play. The six dolphins would have seemed to leap and dive as the psykter bobbed in the ice water inside a large krater.