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Perseus & the beheaded Gorgon Medusa, with Athena | Greek vase, Athenian red figure hydria

P23.7 PERSEUS & MEDOUSA

Museum Collection: British Museum, London, United Kingdom
Catalogue Number: London E181
Beazley Archive Number: 206339
Ware: Attic Red Figure
Shape: Hydria
Painter: Attributed to the Pan Painter
Date: ca 500 - 450 BC
Period: Classical

SUMMARY

Perseus decapitates the Gorgon Medousa with a sickle sword (harpe). The hero wears the winged cap and boots of Hermes, and has the Gorgoneion (gorgon head) tucked inside the fold of his kibisis (sack). Beside him lies the decapitated corpose of the winged Gorgon. The goddess Athene follows close behind in support of Perseus, easily recognisable with her helm, spear and snake-trimmed aigis cloak.

ARTICLESPerseus, Medousa, Athene

 
 
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