T40.8 THE PURIFICATION OF ORESTES
|Museum Collection||Museum of Fine Arts, Boston|
|Catalogue No.||Boston 1976.144|
|Beazley Archive No.||N/A|
|Ware||Apulian Red Figure|
|Painter||Close to the Judgement Painter|
|Date||ca 370 - 360 B.C.|
Orestes is purified of the crime of matricide at the shrine of Delphi. The hero seeks sanctuary at the holy omphalos stone which sits on a pedestal beneath the skull of an ox. He is flanked by the gods Athena and Apollo. Athena wears a crested helm and aegis cloak, and holds a spear in her hand. Apollo is crowned with laurel and holds a pair of arrows in one hand and a laurel-branch in the other. The Erinyes (Furies) of Clytemnestra recline in restful slumber, stilled by the ritual of the god. They are dressed as huntresses with knee-length skirts, boots and hunting spears.