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Perseus pursuing Medusa | Greek vase, Athenian red figure amphora

P23.1 PERSEUS & MEDOUSA

Museum Collection: Antikensammlungen, Munich, Germany
Catalogue Number: Munich 2312
Beazley Archive Number: 201820
Ware: Attic Red Figure
Shape: Amphora, Panathenaic
Painter: Attributed to the Berlin Painter
Date: ca 490 BC
Period: Late Archaic

SUMMARY

Perseus chases after the Gorgon Medousa. The hero wears the winged boots of Hermes, and the cap of Haides. In his hand he wields the harpe (sickle sword) ready to decapitate the Gorgon. Medousa flees with a wide-stepping run and beating wings. Her broad round face is monstrous, with staring eyes, a wide tusked mouth, protruding tongue and a head surrounded by a ring of coiled serpents.

NOTEThis image is a montage of two photos of the vase.

ARTICLESPerseus, Medousa

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