T40.6 THE PURIFICATION OF ORESTES
|Museum Collection||Musée du Louvre, Paris|
|Beazley Archive No.||N/A|
|Ware||Apulian Red Figure|
|Painter||Attributed to the Eumenides Painter|
|Date||ca 380 - 370 B.C.|
Orestes is purified of the crime of matricide at Delphi. The hero sits beside the omphalos stone with a sword in his hand. Apollo stands above him performing the rites of purification with the blood of a suckling pig. The god holds a branch of laurel in his other hand. He is accompanied by the goddess Artemis who wears a knee-lenght maiden's skirt and holds a pair of hunting spears. On the opposite side, the three Erinyes (Furies) are appeased, falling into a restful slumber. The ghost of Clytmenestra attempts to rouse them.