K12.27 THE BIRTH OF DIONYSUS
|Museum Collection||National Archaeological Museum of Ferrara|
|Catalogue No.||Ferrara 2737 or T381|
|Beazley Archive No.||207139|
|Ware||Attic Red Figure|
|Painter||The Altamura Painter|
|Date||ca 460 B.C.|
Dionysus stands on the lap of Zeus after being birthed from his father's thigh. Zeus is seated on a stool with a deer-skin drape and holds a thyrsos (pine-cone tipped staff)--the usual attribute of his son. The infant holds a wine cup (krater) in one hand and a vine in the other. Aphrodite stands to the left with two blooming flowers. On the right Eileithyia, goddess of childbirth, raises her hand as midwife of the birth.