M20.1 JASON & THE DRAGON
|Museum Collection||Gregorian Etruscan Museum, Vatican City|
|Catalogue No.||Vatican 16545|
|Beazley Archive No.||205162|
|Ware||Attic Red Figure|
|Painter||Attributed to Douris|
|Date||ca. 500 - 450 B.C.|
The Colchian Dragon disgorges the hero Jason before the tree hung with the Golden Fleece in the sacred grove of Ares. The hero's patron-goddess Athena oversees his salvation. She wears a Sphinx-decorated helm and Gorgon-headed, serpent-trimmed aegis cloak, and holds a spear in one hand and small owl in the other.
This version of the myth is from a lost work by an unknown ancient Greek writer.