O12.6 CAENEUS & CENTAURS
|Museum Collection||Musée du Louvre, Paris|
|Catalogue No.||Louvre G55|
|Beazley Archive No.||201756|
|Ware||Attic Red Figure|
|Painter||Attributed to the Kleophrades Painter|
|Date||ca 490 - 480 B.C.|
Side A: The Lapith hero Caeneus is hammered into the ground by a pair of Centaurs wielding rocks and tree-branches. According to the myth the hero was impervious to weapons, so the beasts buried him beneath a mound of stones.
Side B: Lapiths battling Centaurs (Centauromachy) (not shown).
"Kaineus, struck by the green fir-trees, cleft the ground with his foot, where he stood, and passed beneath the earth." - Pindar, Fragment 166