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O2.1 THE SACRIFICE OF ALCMENA

Sacrifice of Alcmena | Paestan red figure vase painting
DETAILS
Museum Collection British Museum, London
Catalogue No. London F149
Beazley Archive No. N/A
Ware Paestan Red Figure
Shape Krater, Bell
Painter Signed by Python
Date ca 350 - 340 B.C.
Period Late Archaic

DESCRIPTION

Alcmena is seated upon a pyre of logs framed by the arc of a rainbow. Two Nephelae (Cloud-Nymphs) holding water-jugs douse the fire with rain. Amphitryon stands to one side with sword drawn as an attendant applies burning brands. Zeus and Hera, seated amongst the clouds, witness the scene. According to the myth Amphitryon placed his wife on the pyre to test the veracity of her claim that Zeus had stolen her virginity in the guise of her new husband. The god quenched the flames, saving her life and confirming her story.

ARTICLES

Nephelae, Zeus, Hera