T23.1 THE THEFT OF APOLLO'S CATTLE
|Museum Collection||Musée du Louvre, Paris|
|Beazley Archive No.||N/A|
|Ware||Caeretan Black Figure|
|Date||ca 520 B.C.|
Apollo demands the return of the cattle stolen by the infant Hermes. The god strides into the cave of Maia with arms raised. Hermes lies in a cradle, wrapped in swaddling cloth. Zeus stands beside Maia, present to adjudicate the dispute. The cattle are hidden in a thicket beside the cave entrance.
"When Hermes saw Apollon in a rage about his cattle, he snuggled down in his fragrant swaddling-clothes." - Homeric Hymn to Hermes