P23.7 PERSEUS & MEDUSA
|Museum Collection||British Museum, London|
|Catalogue No.||London E181|
|Beazley Archive No.||206339|
|Ware||Attic Red Figure|
|Painter||Attributed to the Pan Painter|
|Date||ca 500 - 450 B.C.|
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.