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Pottery: black-figured neck-amphora.
(a) Birth of Athene: In the centre is Zeus seated to right on an okladias, bearded, with long tresses, fillet, long embroidered chiton and striped himation, sceptre in left hand. From his head springs a diminutive Athene to right, with one leg advanced, lofty helmet with cheek pieces, aegis, long striped chiton, shield, and spear brandished in right hand. On either side of Zeus is an Eileithyia, facing him, with long tresses, fillet, long embroidered chiton and diploidion, both hands raised. On the left is Hermes to right, bearded, with long hair, petasos, endromides, and caduceus; on the right is Hephaestos departing, looking back, nude and bearded, with double-headed axe over right shoulder.
(b) Acamas and Demophon with Aethra: In the centre is Aethra to right, in long chiton and himation veiling her head, both embroidered, and in advance of her is Demophon, looking back at her and taking hold of her himation. On the left is Acamas to right; both are fully armed, with short embroidered chitons; Acamas has a Boeotian shield. On the right is a beardless male figure to left with long chiton and embroidered himation.
- Production date
- 520BC (circa)
Height: 38.10 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- BM Cat. Vases
Gerhard, A.V. 2; Él. Cér. i. 58; Overbeck, Her. Bildw. p. 628; id. Kunstmyth. ii. (Zeus), p. 27; Heydemann, Iliupersis, p. 22, note 3 b; R. Schneider, Geburt d. Athena, p.10; A. Schneider, Tro. Sagenkr. p. 108; Robert, Bild u. Lied, p. 56.
Robert interprets the scene on side B, and similar scenes, as the carrying off of Helen by Paris and Aeneas. For a discussion of the subject, see him and A. Schneider, ll. cc.
- On display (G69/dc41)
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- Greek and Roman
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