No C 13
Geneva, Musée d'Art et d'Histoire MF 154
Black-figure amphora
The Princeton Group

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 forearms are extended horizontally forward, the right hand grasping a thunderbolt. The god has a pointed beard and wears his long hair loose, with a taenia. His dress consists of a chiton and a himation which covers the right shoulder and the left arm.

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. She wears a helmet and carries a shield on the left arm, the right forearm extended horizontally forward with clenched fist.

There are five other deities in the picture. On the right stand two goddesses close together, one with the right forearm raised with palm turned inward and extended fingers, the other with the left arm hanging down with clenched fist; it is not certain to which should be attributed the forearm extending horizontally forward with palm turned upward and extended fingers. Behind them a god without any attribute, dressed in a chiton and a himation, presumably Poseidon. On the left side stand a goddess, the arms extended obliquely upward with palms turned towards each other and extended fingers, the hands placed on the head of Zeus, and Apollo, identified by the zither.

The throne has rectangular legs ending in lion's paws, a back with a swan's head finial, and a cushion on the seat.

A small figure of a lion, represented facing, is seen between the legs of the throne.

Back to the LIST