This book arrived today:
I’m really excited by how richly illustrated it is and how detailed the text, really focusing on the images themselves and their analysis.
On the first page I found an answer to a question I didn’t know I had. I was long confused by why Crawford thought the woman with the big rugby ball shaped object was Creusa. See my earlier posts (first and follow up). Well, he just published a detail of the vase, not the whole vase. There’s the whole thing:
So clearly this is Aeneas and his family (Ascanius (a.k.a. Iulus), Anchises, etc.. fleeing Troy). However, I don’t think that’s the doliolum or any other sacred object on the wife’s head (whatever her name is). That is almost certainly the family’s worldly possessions. This is just how Greek women are depicted carrying heavy loads on their heads:
Notice also that the son holds his mother’s hand not his father’s in the above vase.
My view is shared by “N.M. Horsfall, Antike Kunst 1979, suggests that the object carried by a female companion on the Munich vase showing the flight of Aeneas from Troy is not a doliolum containing sacra brought from Troy, but simply a piece of luggage.” This is a quote from Crawford’s Edinburgh Catalogue as quoted on McCabe’s website.