M28.2 CADMUS & THE DRAGON
|Museum Collection||Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York|
|Catalogue No.||New York 07.286.66|
|Beazley Archive No.||207136|
|Ware||Attic Red Figure|
|Painter||Attributed to the Spreckels Painter|
|Date||ca 450 B.C.|
Cadmus battles the dragon-serpent of the sacred Ismenian spring. The hero holds a water jug (hydria) and wields a stone in his hand. The serpent rises up from the spring which is represented by a cluster of reeds and the water's native Naiad-nymph Ismene seated on a rock. Kadmos arrives at the sacred Ismenian spring with a jug (hydria) to collect water for libations. Two gods flank the scene--Athena on the left supporting Cadmus and Ares on the right driving the serpent.
This image is montage of several photos of the vase.