Oionokles Painter (Greek)
red-figure terracotta, Overall: 43.5 x 16.5 cm (17 1/8 x 6 7/16 in.). The Charles W. Harkness Endowment Fund 1928.660
This is the most famous of all the scenes by the Oionokles Painter. A warrior cuts a lock of his hair with his sword. It has been suggested that this young man is one of the Seven Against Thebes, a legend recorded by Aeschylus (467 BC) and others. In preparation for battle the warriors tied hair locks to the chariot of their leader Adrastos as memories in case they died in battle.
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