|Summary:||Paris and Helen with Aphrodite and other goddesses|
|Ware:||Attic Red Figure|
|Painter:||Name vase of the Heimarmene Painter|
|Date:||ca. 430 BC|
H. 18.0 cm.
The vase is in fair condition. The shoulder scene is better preserved. The scene on the body has suffered from pitting, encrustation and fracturing of the surface.
Paris and Helen. Helen's first meeting with Paris in Sparta. Helen sits on Aphrodite's lap, her head veiled like a bride's. She is deep in thought, her head bent and her eyes down. Aphrodite has her arm around Helen's shoulder. A woman stands behind Helen holding a small chest; she is Peitho, goddess of Persuasion. Aphrodite wears a peplos and a diadem, Peitho a peplos and sakkos. Helen wears a chiton and a mantle, the latter pulled up to cover her head. To the right of the central group, a naked, winged boy (Himeros or Desire) grasps the arm of a nude youth who must be Paris. A sword hangs on a strap across his chest and a long spear is propped against his left arm. He stands in a contraposto pose, his left hand resting casually on his hip, his eyes meeting Himeros'. There are four women to the left of the central group. The two closest to Helen and Aphrodite are Nemesis and a companion, who stand with their arms around each other. Nemesis, who wears a sakkos over her hair, points an accusing finger at Helen with her outstretched right hand. Both women wear chitons. Further left are two more women who stand facing one another conversing, seemingly disconnected from the central scene. There is a bird perched on the finger of the woman on the right, who wears a chiton and sakkos. The woman on the left wears a chiton and himation, which she pulls close around her. One of the women is identified as Heimarmene. Two Erotes fly on the shoulder of the vase.
By the seated women: