No C 22
London, British Museum B 244
Black-figure amphora from Vulci
The Antimenes Painter
Zeus is seated on a folding stool. 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 right forearm is extended almost horizontally
forward, with clenched hand. The left forearm is extended
obliquely upward, the hand holding a staff. The god has a
luxuriant beard and wears his long hair loose, with a headband.
His dress consists of a chiton and a himation, which
covers the 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 chiton and the aigis.
The aigis is bordered by a fringe of serpents. The goddess
wears a helmet and carries a shield, seen from the back, on
the left arm; the right arm is raised, with clenched fist.
There are two deities on each side of the picture. On the
right stand a goddess, the right arm raised, with palm turned
outward and extended fingers, the left arm extended almost
horizontally forward, with palm turned outward and extended
fingers, and Hephaistos, identified by the axe. On the left
side stand a goddess, the arms extended obliquely upward with
palms turned outward and extended fingers, and Hermes, identified
by the petasos, the kerukeion and the endromides.
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