O21.2 ODYSSEUS & THE SIRENS
|Museum Collection||Antikensammlung Berlin|
|Catalogue No.||Berlin V.I. 4532|
|Beazley Archive No.||N/A|
|Ware||Paestan Red Figure|
|Painter||Attributed to Python|
|Date||ca. 340 B.C.|
Odysseus listens to the song of the Sirens, safely bound to the mast of his ship. The Sirens are depicted as centaur-like creatures with the heads, arms and torsos of women atop the bodies of birds. One beats a tambourine and the other plays a lyre. Their speckled feather-patterns resemble those of starlings--a bird famed for its delightful song.
Detail of Siren playing a tambourine.
Lithographic print drawing of the vase painting.