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Perseus slaying Medusa as Hermes looks on

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Three-dimensional approximation of the vase

Collection: London, British Museum
Summary: Perseus and Medusa.
Ware: Attic Black Figure
Painter: Attributed to the Amasis Painter
Potter: Signed by Amasis
Context: From Vulci
Date: ca. 550 BC
Dimensions:

H. to top of handle 0.257 m., H. to rim 0.209 m., D. Rim 0.092 m., Max. D. body 0.133 m., D. foot 0.102 m.

Primary Citation: ABV, 153, 32.
Shape: Olpe
Beazley Number: 310459
Region: Etruria
Period: Archaic


Date Description:

Middle period of Amasis work, late.

Decoration Description:

Perseus killing Medusa with Hermes looking on. Perseus, on left, wearing winged boots, short fringed chiton, a nebris and a petasos, plunges his sword into the neck of Medusa, while turning his gaze away to the left. Medusa, centered in the panel, faces forwards, blood running in three streams from her throat. She has two pairs of wings, winged boots as do Hermes and Perseus, and she wears a short peplos with a nebris clasped by two serpents. Four snakes issue from her hair. On the right, Hermes, wearing boots, a short fringed chiton, a chlamys and a petasos, holds his caduceus and looks on. On the far left, Amasis' signature.

Inscriptions:

*A*M*A*S*I*S *M*E*P*O*I*E*S*E*N ("Amasis made me")

Sources Used:

von Bothmer 1985, 150-1

Other Bibliography:

Walters 1893, 238