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N1.3 THE CHARIOT OF NYX

Chariot of Nyx | Attic black figure vase painting
DETAILS
Museum Collection Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Catalogue No. New York 41.162.29
Beazley Archive No. 305499
Ware Attic Black Figure (White Ground)
Shape Lekythos
Painter Attributed to the Sappho Painter
Date ca 500 - 475 B.C.
Period Archaic

DESCRIPTION

Nyx, goddess of the night, drives a four-horse chariot across the sky--only two horse heads are visible but the numerous forelegs indicate a team of four. She is crowned with an orb of darkness and trails a veil of nocturnal mists (erebos). The figure is labelled NUKS on the vase. Opposite her is the nearly identical form of Heos (Eos-Hemera), the goddess of dawn and day (see other image), trailing a veil of light (aither).

ARTICLES

Nyx

OTHER IMAGES

Thumbnail Helius, Eos & Nyx

T17.3 Helius

Thumbnail Eos-Hemera

N3.1 Eos-Hemera