K7.9 THE BIRTH OF ATHENA
|Museum Collection||British Museum, London|
|Catalogue No.||London B424|
|Beazley Archive No.||301068|
|Ware||Attic Black Figure|
|Shape||Kylix, Little Master Lip|
|Painter||Signed by the Phrynos Potter|
|Date||ca 560 B.C.|
Side A: Hephaestus splits open the skull of Zeus with a mallet to birth the goddess Athena from his head. The king of the gods is seated on a swan-backed chair and holds a lightning bolt in his hand. A miniature Athena springs from his head equipped with a shield. Hephaestus waves a hand in imitation of an Eileithyia (birth-goddess)and carries a two-headed mallet or axe.
Side B: The arrival of Heracles on Olympus (see other image).