October 13, 2013

Black Figure Greek Pottery at the Met

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ca. 550B.C. Symposium, the subject is the return of Hephaistos to Olympus. He was cast out of Olympus by his mother Hera...

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Terracotta column-krater (bowl for mixing wine and water) Attributed to Lydos at the Metroploitain Museum of Art, NYC.

The subject, which encompasses both sides of the vase, is the return of Hephaistos to Mount Olympos, the home of the gods. Hephaistos, the divine smith, was the son of Hera and Zeus. Because he was born lame, his mother cast him out of Olympos. In revenge, Hephaistos fashioned a throne that held Hera fast when she sat on it. only Hephaistos could release her. Therefore, he was given wine and escorted to Olympos by Dionysos, the god of wine, accompanied by his male and female followers, the satyrs and maenads.

Posted by Dennis at October 13, 2013 12:09 AM

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