P23.7 PERSEUS & MEDUSA
|Museum Collection||British Museum, London|
|Catalogue No.||London 1873,0820.352|
|Beazley Archive No.||206339|
|Ware||Attic Red Figure|
|Painter||Attributed to the Pan Painter|
|Date||ca. 460 B.C.|
Perseus decapitates the Gorgon Medusa. The hero wears a chiton, winged cap and high boots, and holds a sickle-shaped blade (harpe) in his hand. The Gorgon's head rests in a round sack (kibisis) slung across his shoulder. Medusa lies behind him, beheaded with blood flowing from the raw stump of her neck. She is depicted as a winged giantess, half risen, awoken from slumber at the moment of her death. The hero's patron goddess Athena strides behind them. She wears a peaked helmet and serpent-trimmed aegis-cloak, and brandishes a long spear.