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Cadmus & the Dragon, with Ares & Athena | Greek vase, Athenian red figure calyx krater "Kadmos stayed his feet beside dragon-breeding Dirke: and stood amazed when he saw the speckle-backed serpent, Ares’ child, appear from one side and girdle the spring with snaky coil." - Nonnus, Dionysiaca 4.352

M28.2 KADMOS & THE DRAKON

Museum Collection: Metropolitan Museum, New York City, USA
Catalogue Number: New York 07.286.66
Beazley Archive Number: 207136
Ware: Attic Red Figure
Shape: Krater, calyx
Painter: Attributed to the Spreckels Painter
Date: ca 450 BC
Period: Classical

SUMMARY

Kadmos arrives at the sacred Ismenian spring with a jug (hydria) to collect water for libations. He casts a stone at the guardian serpent (drakon). Beside the spring sits Ismene, the local Naias Nymphe, or Harmonia, daughter of Ares, the future wife of the hero. Two gods, Athene and Ares, stand on each side, one in support of the hero, the other of the serpent.

NOTEThis image is montage of several photos of the vase.

ARTICLESDrakon Ismenios, Ares, Athene, Harmonia, Ismene

 
 
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