No C 04
Würzburg, University, Martin von Wagner Museum L 250
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 an the surrounding standing figures. The
right forearm is extended almost horizontally forward, the
hand grasping a thunderbolt. The left arm is raised, the hand
with extended fingers seen on the palm. The god has a pointed
beard and wears his long hair loose. His dress consists of a
chiton and a himation, which covers the upper arms.
Athena is represented standing on the lap of Zeus, head and
legs in profile to the right, the body facing. Her dress
presumably consists of a peplos, an epiblematon and the aigis.
The aigis is bordered by a fringe of serpents. The goddess
wears no helmet and carries a shield on the left arm.
There are two deities on each side of the picture. On the
right a goddess, the right arm raised, with palms turned
inward and extended fingers, the left arm hanging down with
clenched fist, and a god without any attribute, dressed in a
chiton and a himation, presumably Poseidon. 1) 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
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. The top of the head touches the
underside of the seat.
1) cf. no 13 and 13 A
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