No C 01
Munich, Antikensammlungen, 1382
Black-figure amphora from Vulci
Zeus is seated on a throne. He is represented with head and
legs in profile to the right, the body almost facing. Seated,
he is almost as tall as the surrounding standing figures. The
feet rest on a footstool. The right forearm is extended horizontally
forward with clenched hand; the left arm is raised
with clenched hand. The god has a pointed beard and wears his
long hair loose. His dress consists of a chiton and a himation,
which covers the right upper arm and the left arm in part.
Athena is represented emerging from the head of Zeus in a
sprinting position, head and legs in profile to the right, the
body facing. Her dress presumably consists of a peplos. She
wears a helmet, carries a shield on the left arm and holds a
spear in the right hand.
There are two deities on each side of the picture. On the
right a goddess, the right arm raised, with palm turned outward
and extended fingers, the left arm hanging down with
clenched fist, and Ares, characterised as such by helmet,
shield, spear and greaves. On the left side the two gods are
identified as Apollo, by the zither, and Hermes, by the petasos.
The throne has rectangular legs decorated with double palmettes
and cut-out incisions round their stems. The throne is
backless, but has a lion's protome at the rear corner.
The small figure of a bearded man is seen between the legs of the throne. He is dressed in a chiton and a himation, which covers his arms completely. An owl perches on the left forearm of Zeus.
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