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Return of Hephaestus to Olympus, with Dionysus & Hera | Greek vase, Athenian red figure skyphos

 

K7.1B THE RETURN OF HEPHAISTOS

Museum Collection: Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, Ohio, USA
Catalogue Number: Toledo 1982.88
Beazley Archive Number: 11777
Ware: Attic Red Figure
Shape: Skyphos
Painter: Attributed to the Kleophon Painter
Date: ca 430 - 420 BC
Period: High Classical

SUMMARY

Hephaistos returns to Olympos, riding on the back of a donkey, and holding a hammer and tongs in his hands. He is led by Dionysos, carrying a thyrsos (pine-cone tipped staff) and drinking cup, and a Satyriskos (boy satyr) playing the double-flute. Queen Hera, wearing a crown and veil, sits trapped on her throne, a cursed gift from Hephaistos, who sought to punish her for casting him out of Olympos as a babe. An attendant of the goddess stands by, perhaps Hebe, cooling the goddess with a (peacock-?) feather fan.

ARTICLESHephaistos, Hera, Dionysos, Satyroi, Hebe

NOTEThis image is a montage of several photos of the vase.

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