K8.10 THE BIRTH OF ATHENA
|Museum Collection||British Museum, London|
|Catalogue No.||London 1867,0508.962|
|Beazley Archive No.||301068|
|Ware||Attic Black Figure|
|Shape||Kylix, Little Master Lip|
|Painter||Attributed to the Phrynos Painter|
|Date||ca. 555 - 550 B.C.|
Side A: Hephaestus births Athena from the skull of Zeus with the blow of an axe. The king of the gods is seated on a throne decorated with the head of a swan and brandishes a lightning-bolt in his outstretched hand. Athena springs forth from his head, born ready-equipped with a shield. Hephaestus waves a hand, imitating an Eileithyia (birth-goddess), and holds a double-headed axe or mallet. He wears a short workman's chiton and boots.
Side B: The arrival of Heracles on Olympus (see other image).