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Perseus, Medusa & the Gorgons | Greek vase, Athenian black figure pyxis

P23.8 PERSEUS, MEDOUSA & THE GORGONES

Museum Collection: Musée du Louvre, Paris, France
Catalogue Number: Louvre Ca2588
Beazley Archive Number: 352011
Ware: Black Figure (White Ground)
Shape: Pyxis
Painter: Attributed to Compare to Haimon Painter
Date: ca 525 - 475 BC
Period: Archaic

SUMMARY

The hero Perseus flees from the scene of the decapitated Gorgon Medousa. He is depicted as a hero armed with two hunting spears, wearing winged boots, a cap, and the kibisis bag containing the head of Medousa. A second almost identical figure (with chlamys cloak) is the god Hermes. Behind the pair follows Athene with her aigis cloak outstretched. The scene shows all three Gorgones, winged maidens with a pair of serpents sprouting from their waists. The middle sister is the decapitated Medousa, from whom is born the boy Khrysaor and the winged foal Pegasos.

ARTICLESPerseus, Medousa, Gorgones, Pegasos, Khrysaor, Athene, Hermes

 
 
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