K19.1 THE BIRTH OF ATHENA
|Museum Collection||Antikensammlung Berlin|
|Catalogue No.||Berlin F1704|
|Beazley Archive No.||310014|
|Ware||Attic Black Figure|
|Painter||Attributed to the Kyllenios Painter|
|Date||ca 570 - 560 B.C.|
The goddess Athena is birthed from the head of Zeus. The king of the gods sits on a crane-backed chair holding a lightning bolt in his left hand. He is flanked by two Eileithyiae, goddesses of childbirth, with arms raised midwifing the child. To the left stands Hermes with his herald's wand and Hephaestus (or Prometheus) holding the axe used to split open the skull of the god. Behind him is the ivy-crowned god Dionysus (only his head is visible in this frame).
This image is a montage of several photos of the vase.