No * C 31
London, British Museum E 410
Red-figure pelike from Vulci
The painter of the birth of Athena
Zeus is seated on a throne. He is represented facing,
head in profile to the right. The feet rest on a footstool.
The right arm is extended almost horizontally forward, with
palm turned downward and extended fingers. The left arm is
extended obliquely upward, the hand holding a staff. The god
has a pointed beard and wears his hair bound up, with a wreath.
His dress consists of a chiton and a himation, which
covers the left shoulder.
Athena is represented emerging from the head of Zeus in a
sprinting position, head and legs in profile to the right, the
body almost facing. Her dress presumably consists of a peplos
and the aigis. The aigis seems to be covered with metal scales
and is bordered by a fringe of serpents. She wears a helmet
and holds a spear in the right hand.
There are two deities on each side of the picture. On the
right a goddess, the right forearm extended obliquely upward,
the left forearm extended horizontally forward, with palms
turned towards each other, and Artemis, identified by the bow.
On the left side stand two gods identified as Hephaistos, by
the axe, and Poseidon, by the trident.
The throne has rectangular legs, decorated with double
palmettes, geometrical figures and double volutes. It is backless.
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