K8.13 THE BIRTH OF ATHENA
|Museum Collection||Musée du Louvre, Paris|
|Catalogue No.||Louvre CA616|
|Beazley Archive No.||300499|
|Ware||Attic Black Figure|
|Painter||Attributed to the C Painter|
|Date||ca. 570 - 565 B.C.|
Side A: The goddess Athena is birthed from the head of Zeus. She is depicted as a miniature figure rising from the head of the god, equipped with a spear, shield and helm. The king of the gods is seated on a throne with a lightning bolt in his hand. Flanking him a pair of Eileithyiae (or Eileithyia and another goddess) raise their arms as midwives of the birth. Hephaestus stands to the right holding the double-headed mallet or axe used to split open the skull of Zeus. Aphrodite accompanies him holding a wreath. Poseidon, holding a trident, and an unidentifiable goddess, possibly Demeter or Hera, stand on the far right.
Side B: The judgement of Paris (not shown).
Side C: The wedding of Zeus and Hera (not shown).