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Orestes at the Omphalos of Delphi, with Apollo, Athena & the Erinyes | Greek vase, Apulian red figure krater

T40.8 ORESTES AT DELPHOI

Museum Collection: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Catalogue Number: Boston 1976.144
Beazley Archive Number: N/A
Ware: Apulian Red Figure
Shape: Krater, bell
Painter: Close to the Judgement Painter
Date: ca 370 - 360 BC
Period: Late Classical

SUMMARY

Orestes seeks refuge from the Erinyes (Furies) of his mother Klytaimnestra at the shrine of Delphoi. He grabs hold of the omphalos stone beneath the hanging skull of an ox. To the right of him stands Apollon holding a laurel branch and pair of arrows, to the left is Athena with helm, spear and aigis-breastplate. Ther serpent-haired Erinyes slumber, stilled by the god. They are portrayed as huntress-maidens with knee-length skirts and hunting spears.

ARTICLESErinyes, Athena, Apollon

 
 
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