K7.8 THE RETURN OF HEPHAESTUS
|Museum Collection||Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna|
|Catalogue No.||Vienna 3577|
|Beazley Archive No.||N/A|
|Ware||Caeretan Black Figure|
|Date||ca 530 B.C.|
Dionysus leads Hephaestus back to Olympus. The god is depicted with shrunken and deformed feet riding a donkey. Dionysus stands before him, cloaked in a panther-skin and holding a cup of wine. A dancing Maenad follows behind with a coiled serpent in her hands.
"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