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Hephaestus & Oceanus | Attic black figure vase painting
Museum Collection British Museum, London
Catalogue No. London 1971.11-1.1
Beazley Archive No. 350099
Ware Attic Black Figure
Shape Dinos
Painter Signed by Sophilos
Date ca 580 B.C.
Period Archaic


Detail of Hephaestus, Eileithyia, Tethys and Oceanus from a painting depicting the procession of gods attending the wedding of Peleus and Thetis. The crippled Hephaestus rides side-saddle on an ass, his seat backed by the head of a crane. Oceanus is depicted as a bull-horned man with the tail of a serpentine fish in place of legs. He holds a snake (or eel) in one hand and a fish in the other. Eileithyia and Tethys are unremarkable, although the latter appears to be an older woman with heavier facial features.

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


Hephaestus, Eileithyia, Tethys, Oceanus


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