Telemachus with Nestor

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Telemachus with Nestor on a Red-figure South Italian vase of 3rd or 4th century BC, in Berlin Antiquarium.

Telemachus arrives, wearing a short shirt girded round the waist, armed with two spears and a shield and carrying a conical felt cap in his right hand.

Nestor is an old man in a long embroidered shirt and cloak wrapped round his body and over his head, with soft shoes on his feet. He is bowed down with age and his right hand rests on a stick, two fingers raised in welcome to the young man.

Behind Nestor is a young woman, probably his youngest daughter Polycaste, carrying a dish with cakes on it for their guest. She wears an embroidered gown, shoes, a girdle, bracelet and necklace.