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Perseus & Medusa | Attic red figure vase painting
Museum Collection British Museum, London
Catalogue No. London E181
Beazley Archive No. 206339
Ware Attic Red Figure
Shape Hydria
Painter Attributed to the Pan Painter
Date ca 500 - 450 B.C.
Period Classical


Perseus decapitates the Gorgon Medusa. The hero wears a chiton, winged cap and winged boots, and holds a sickle-shaped blade (harpe) in one hand. A kibisis-sack slung across his shoulder holds the Gorgon's head. The beheaded Medusa falls to the ground behind him, blood flowing from her raw neck stump. On the far side the hero's patron-goddess Athena strides forward. She wears a peaked helmet and snake-trimmed aegis-cloak, and brandishes a long spear.


Perseus, Medusa, Athena