K7.1B THE RETURN OF HEPHAESTUS
|Museum Collection||Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo|
|Catalogue No.||Toledo 1982.88|
|Beazley Archive No.||11777|
|Ware||Attic Red Figure|
|Painter||Attributed to the Kleophon Painter|
|Date||ca 430 - 420 B.C.|
Hephaestus returns to Olympus riding a donkey and carrying hammer and tongs. He is led by Dionysus, who bears a thyrsos (pine-cone tipped staff) and drinking cup, and a Satyriscus (child Satyr) playing a flute. Hera sits trapped on a throne--a cursed gift from Hephaestus who wished to punish her for casting him from heaven at birth. She wears a crown and veil and is attended by a goddess, perhaps Hebe, holding a (peacock?) feather fan.
This image is a montage of several photos of the vase.
"Hephaistos refused to listen to any other of the gods save Dionysos - in him he reposed the fullest trust - and after making him drunk Dionysos brought him to heaven." - Pausanias, Guide to Greece 1.20.3