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Athena receiving Erichthonius from Gaea, with Hermes & Nike | Greek vase, Athenian red figure calyx krater

T1.7 THE BIRTH OF ERIKHTHONIOS

Museum Collection: Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Virginia, USA
Catalogue No.: Richmond 81.70
Beazley Archive No.: 10158
Ware: Attic Red Figure
Shape: Krater, calyx
Painter: Attributed to the Manner of Kadmos Painter
Date: --
Period: Classical

SUMMARY

Side A: Gaia (the earth) hands her newborn son Erikhthonios over to Athene, who will foster this founding king of Athens. Gaia is shown only partially risen from the earth, inseperable from her native element. Hermes acts as witness, watching from heaven. Beside Athene flies a sacred owl bearing an olive wreath and Nike (Victory). Aphrodite is seated.

ARTICLESGaia, Athene, Hermes, Nike, Aphrodite

 
 
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