|Museum Collection||Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York|
|Catalogue No.||New York 06.1097|
|Beazley Archive No.||-|
|Ware||Attic Black Figure|
|Painter||Attributed to the Painter of the Nicosia Olpe|
|Date||ca. 550 B.C.|
Detail of Eileithyia from a painting depicting the birth of Athena.
Eileithyia, the goddess of childbirth, acts as midwife at the birth of Athena. The goddess wears a long, black robe embroidered with stylized flowers, and a red cloak and headband. She raises a hand in the typical gesture of a midwife. The goddess Eileithyia (or a pair of Eileithyiae) is a standard figure in black figure vase paintings depicting Athena's birth (cf. image K8.14 where her name is painted on the vase).