No C 03
Vienna, Kunsthistorisches Museum IV 3596
Black-figure amphora from Cerveteri
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 one footstool. The right forearm is extended almost
horizontally forward, the hand grasping a thunderbolt. The
left arm is extended obliquely upward, the hand holding a
staff. 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 upperarm and most of the left arm.
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 and an
epiblematon. 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 forearms extended almost horizontally,
with palms turned towards each other and extended fingers, and
Ares, characterised as such by helmet, shield and greaves. On
the left side the two gods are identified as Apollo, by the
zither, and Hermes, by the petasos, the chlamys and the endromides.
The throne has rectangular legs ending in lion's paws. A
stretcher-rail is joined to the seat by three bars. The throne
is backless, but has a swan's head at the rear corner.
A small figure of a siren is seen between the legs of the throne. The tops of the wings and the head touch the stretcherrail.
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