No C 10
Tarquinia, Museo Civico 626
Zeus is seated on a chair. He is represented with head and
legs in profile to the right, the body diagonally. Seated, he
is almost as tall as the surrounding standing figures. The
forearms are extended horizontally forward, the left hand
holding a staff. The god has a pointed beard and wears his
long hair loose, with a narrow headband. His dress consists of
a ohiton and a himation, which covers the arms completely.
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 and carries a shield on the
left arm; the right forearm is extended horizontally forward
with clenched fist.
There are five other deities in the picture. On the right
stand two goddesses close together, the position of whose arms
is not clear. Either one has the right arm raised and the left
arm hanging dowm with clenched fist, the left arm of the other
being shown in the same position, or one is shown with one arm
raised while the other has both arms hanging down. Behind them
stands Ares, characterised as such by helmet, spear and greaves.
On the left side stand a god without any attribute,
dressed in a chiton and a himation, presumably Poseidon, and a
god identified as Hermes by the petasos and the chlamys.
The chair has thin curved plain legs, a low back ending
in a swan's head and a cushion on the seat.
The small figure of a man is seen between the legs of the
chair; he is dressed in a chiton and a himation, which covers
his arms completely.
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