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Hermes Psychostasia (Weighing of Souls) with Eos & Thetis | Greek vase, Athenian red figure stamnos

T19.9 PSYKHOSTASIA OF MEMNON

Museum Collection: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Catalogue No.: Boston 10.177
Beazley Archive No.: 205806
Ware: Attic Red Figure
Shape: Stamnos
Painter: Attr. to the Syracuse Painter
Date: ca 490 - 480 BC
Period: Early Classical

SUMMARY

The goddesses Thetis and Eos raise their hands in rivalry and petition, as the souls of their sons Akhilleus and Memnon are weighed on the scales of fate, which will predict the outcome of a coming battle. Zeus, or his personal messenger Hermes, holds the scales, upon which stand tiny miniature representations of the fighting heroes. The god also holds a kerykeion (messenger's wand) in his hand, the usual attribute of Hermes.

ARTICLESEos, Thetis, Zeus, Hermes

 
 
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