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K19.1 THE BIRTH OF ATHENA

Birth of Athena | Attic black figure vase painting
DETAILS
Museum Collection Antikensammlung Berlin
Catalogue No. Berlin F1704
Beazley Archive No. 310014
Ware Attic Black Figure
Shape Amphora, Tyrrhenian
Painter Attributed to the Kyllenios Painter
Date ca 570 - 560 B.C.
Period Archaic

DESCRIPTION

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.

ARTICLES

Athena, Zeus, Eileithyia, Hermes, Hephaestus, Dionysus