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Cecrops, serpent-king of Athens | Greek vase, Athenian red figure kylix

T1.2 KEKROPS KING OF ATHENS

Museum Collection: Antikensammlung, Berlin, Germany
Catalogue Number: Berlin F2537
Beazley Archive Number: 217211
Ware: Attic Red Figure
Shape: Kylix
Painter: Attributed to the Codrus Painter
Date: ca 440 BC
Period: Classical

SUMMARY

Detail of the first king of Attica, Kekrops, from a painting depicting the birth of Erikhthonios, his successor and the founder of Athens. The autochthonian Kekrops is depicted with a serpent's tail in place of legs. He holds a sceptre in his hand and is crowned with laurel.

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