N14.1 THE HESPERIDES
|Museum Collection||British Museum, London|
|Catalogue No.||London E224|
|Beazley Archive No.||220497|
|Ware||Attic Red Figure|
|Painter||Attributed to the Meidias Painter|
|Date||ca 420 - 410 B.C.|
Side A: Detail of the Hesperides from a painting depicting the arrival of the Argonauts in the garden of the nymphs during their return voyage from Colchis. The maidens, from left to right, are named Asterope, Chrysothemis and Lipara on the vase. The tree of the golden apples stands between them, wrapped in the serpentine coils of its guardian dragon Ladon. The magical tree bears two golden apples, one of which the Hesperid Chrysothemis is about to pluck. The third apple is held by Lipara who gazes over her shoulder at the seated figure of Heracles (partially shown).
Side B: The rape of the Leucippides (see other image).