No C 08
London, British Museum B 147
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 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 upper arms.
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 an
epiblematon and the aigis. The aigis is bordered by a fringe
of serpents. The goddess wears a helmet, carries a shield,
seen from the back, on the outstretched left arm and holds a
spear in her right hand.
There are seven other deities in the picture. On the right
side stand Eileithuia, who is identified by the inscription of
her name, with a diadem in her hair, the right hand raised,
with palm turned inward and extended fingers, the left forearm
extended horizontally forward with clenched fist, Herakles,
identified by the lion's skin, and Ares, identified as such by
helmet, shield and spear. On the left side the four deities
are identified as Apollo, by the zither, Poseidon, by the
trident, Hera, wearing a diadem in her hair, by the inscription
of her name and Hephaistos by the axe.
The throne has rectangular legs decorated with double
palmettes and cut-out incisions round their stems. The throne
is backless, but has a horse's protome at the rear corner.
Two naked men, possibly wrestlers, stand between the legs
of the throne with the tops of their heads touching the
underside of the seat. A bird is seen flying over the heads of
Hera and Poseidon.
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