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Argus Panoptes & Hermes | Attic red figure vase painting
Museum Collection Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Catalogue No. Boston 08.417
Beazley Archive No. 206686
Ware Attic Red Figure
Shape Hydria
Painter Attributed to the Agrigento Painter
Date ca 470 - 460 B.C.
Period Early Classical


Argus Panoptes guards the heifer-shaped maiden Io. He is depicted as a man whose body is covered in eyes, wearing an animal-skin cape, cap and sheathed sword, and brandishing a club. To his right the god Hermes draws his sword to attack. Zeus and Hera observe the scene on the left. The goddess holds a lotus-tipped sceptre in one hand and a budding frond in the other. The scene takes place before the temple of Hera represented here by pillars and entablature, and an altar on the far right.

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


Argus Panoptes, Hermes, Io, Zeus, Hera