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Creation of Pandora by Hephaestus, with Hermes & Zeus | Greek vase, Athenian red figure volute krater

T22.1 THE CREATION OF PANDORA

Museum Collection: Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, United Kingdom
Catalogue Number: Oxford V 525
Beazley Archive Number: 275165
Ware: Attic Red Figure
Shape: Krater, volute
Painter: Attributed to Recalls Kensington Class
Date: ca 475 - 425 BC
Period: Classical

SUMMARY

Pandora is born out of the earth, moulded by the craftsman god Hephaistos. She is depicted crowned and veiled, with hands raised. Above her flies an Eros (winged love god). The god beside her is either Hephaistos, moulding her with his sculptor's mallet, or Epimetheus, who receives her as a bride as he tills the earth. Two other gods, Zeus and Hermes, one holding a royal sceptre and wearing an olive wreath, the other with a herald's wand (kerykeion), winged cap and boots, witness the scene.

ARTICLESPandora, Hephaistos, Epimetheus, Hermes, Zeus

 
 
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