No C 23
London, British Museum B 218
Black-figure amphora from Vulci
Manner of the Antimenes Painter
Zeus is seated on a throne. 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 feet rest on a footstool. 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 pointed beard and wears his
long hair loose. 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 presumably consists of a peplos and an
epiblematon. She wears a helmet, carries a shield on the left
arm and holds an enormous spear in the right hand.
There are three other deities in the picture. On the right
stand a goddess, the right arm raised, with palm turned
outward and extended fingers, the left arm extended obliquely
downward, with palm turned downward and extended fingers, and
Hephaistos, identified by the axe. On the left side stands a
goddess, the left arm raised, with palm turned outward and
extended fingers, the right arm extended obliquely downward,
with palm turned downward and extended fingers.
The throne has rectangular legs, connected by stretchers
crossing each other, and ending in lion's paws. It has a
curved back with a swan's head finial.
Between the legs a winged goddess with endromides is seen,
probably Iris. She is represented in a sprinting position,
with head in profile to the left, the body facing and the legs
in profile to the right.
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