N1.3 THE CHARIOT OF NYX
|Museum Collection||Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York|
|Catalogue No.||New York 41.162.29|
|Beazley Archive No.||305499|
|Ware||Attic Black Figure (White Ground)|
|Painter||Attributed to the Sappho Painter|
|Date||ca. 500 B.C.|
Nyx, goddess of the night, drives a four-horse chariot across the sky--only two horse heads are visible but the numerous forelegs indicate a team of four. She is crowned with an orb of darkness and trails a veil of nocturnal mists (erebos). The figure is labelled NUKS on the vase. Opposite her is the nearly identical form of Heos (Eos-Hemera), the goddess of dawn and day (see other image), trailing a veil of light (aither).