No C 18
Paris, Musée du Louvre CA 616
Black-figure tripod kothon from Thebes
The C painter
Zeus is seated on a throne. He is represented with head
and legs in profile to the right, the body diagonally, to the
same scale as the surrounding standing figures. The feet rest
on a footstool. The right forearm is extended horizontally
forward, the hand holding a staff. The left forearm is extended
obliquely upward, the hand grasping a thunderbolt.
The god has a luxuriant beard and wears his long hair loose.
His dress consists of a chiton and a hination, which covers
his 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 consists of a peplos. She wears a
helmet, carries a shield on the left arm and holds a spear in
the right hand.
There are three deities on each side of the picture. On the
right stand a goddess, the right forearm raised, the hand with
extended fingers seen on the palm, the left arm extended
forward, with palm turned outward and extended fingers placed
on the head of Zeus, Poseidon, identified by the trident, and
a goddess without any attribute. On the left side stand a
goddess, the right forearm extended obliquely upward, with
palm turned outward and extended fingers placed on the head of
Zeus, the left forearm raised, the hand with extended fingers
seen on the palm, Hephaistos, identified by the axe, and a
goddess without any attribute.
The throne has rectangular legs decorated with double palmettes, and is backless.
The small figure of a naked man is seen squatting between
the legs of the throne.
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