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Birth of Dionysus from the thigh of Zeus | Greek vase, Apulian red figure volute krater

K12.13 THE BIRTH OF DIONYSOS

Museum Collection: Museo Nazionale Archeologico di Taranto, Taranto, Italy
Catalogue Number: Taranto 8264
Beazley Archive Number: N/A
Ware: Apulian Red Figure
Shape: Krater, volute
Painter: Name vase of the Painter of the Birth of Dionysos
Date: ca 405 - 385 BC
Period: Late Classical

SUMMARY

Detail of the central figures from a painting depicting the birth of Dionysos. The new born god emerges from the thigh of Zeus. He is depicted wearing a wreath of vine-leaves, and stretches out his arms, either to ward of or embrace the goddess about to grab him. Zeus reclines on a hill, holding his royal sceptre in hand. Behind him stands Apollon (see image below), above the shepherd Pan (below), and beside, gazing upwards at the birth, is Hermes, who is about to receive the babe and deliver him into the foster care of Seilenos and the Nysiades (below). A goddess reaches out to grab the child. Presumably this is Hera, for she is shown with the royal sceptre and diadem of a queen, who plans to snatch away the babe.

ARTICLESDionysos, Zeus, Hera, Hermes

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