T1.6 THE BIRTH OF ERICHTHONIUS
|Museum Collection||British Museum, London|
|Catalogue No.||London 1837,0609.54|
|Beazley Archive No.||206695|
|Ware||Attic Red Figure|
|Painter||Attributed to the Oinanthe Painter|
|Date||ca. 470 - 460 B.C.|
Gaea (the Earth) hands her newborn son Erichthonius over to the foster-care of the goddess Athena. Gaia is depicted as a matronly woman partially risen from the earth, inseperable from her native element. Zeus, holding a lightning bolt and crowned with a wreath, stands behind her. On the right Athena drapes the infant in swaddling and Nike (Victory) with a sash.