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7843, ATHENIAN, New York (N.Y.), Metropolitan Museum, 12.229.14

  • Vase Number: 7843
  • Fabric: ATHENIAN
  • Technique: RED-FIGURE
  • Date: -450 to -400
  • Inscriptions: Named: [ATHE]NAIA, ATHANASIA
  • Last Recorded Collection: New York (N.Y.), Metropolitan Museum: 12.229.14
  • Publication Record: Dietrich, N., Figur ohne Raum? Bäume und Felsen in der attischen Vasenmalerei des 6. und 5. Jahrhunderts v. Chr., Image & Context 7 (Berlin, 2010): 51, FIG.31 (A)
    Journal of Hellenic Studies: 67 (1947), 3, FIG.2
    Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae: II, PL.702, ATHANASIA 2
    Richter, G. & Hall, L., Red-figured Athenian Vases in the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New Haven, 1936): PL.138
    Schefold, K., Jung, F., Die Sagen von den Argonauten, von Theben und Troia in der klassischen und hellenistischen Kunst (Munich, 1989): 80, FIG.61
    Shapiro, H.A., Personifications in Greek Art, The Representation of Abstract Concepts 600-400 BC (Zurich, 1993): 36, FIG.3
  • AVI Web:
  • AVI Record Number: 5598
  • LIMC ID: 2566
  • LIMC Web:
  • CAVI Collection: New York 12.229.14.
  • CAVI Lemma: Frs. of RF bell krater. Unattributed{1}. Third quarter fifth. Ca. 440-430 (Richter).
  • CAVI Subject: A: The Story of Tydeus and Melanippus: at left, portions of Athena dragging Athanasia to left, away from Tydeus to whom Athanasia is looking; a bird to right; at right, the bearded Tydeus is seated on a rock; below, the head of Melanippus; at right, a tree. B: fragmentary: parts of a satyr.
  • CAVI Inscriptions: A: to right of Athena's head: [Αθε]ναια. Above the woman's head: Αθανασια.
  • CAVI Footnotes: {1} Attributed by Richter to an Athanasia Painter, by whom no other vases are known!
  • CAVI Comments: Cf. Once Rome (Rosi), RF bell krater by the Eupolis Painter, with the same scene. Melanippus in the Seven Against Thebes wounded Tydeus mortally; T. was to be made immortal by Athena, but was found gnawing M.' hand, whence Athena turned away and T. died. In another version, Tydeus sucked out the brain of his enemy Melanippus, whence the offer of immortality was withdrawn. The myth is found on a third Attic vase: Beazley (1947a), 1ff. Three-stroke sigma.
  • CAVI Number: 5598
  • AVI Bibliography: BADB 7843. — Richter (1913), 157f. — VA (1918), 175. — Richter–Hall (1936), i, 171/136, pl. 138 and 145. — Beazley (1947a), 3, fig. 2. — Neumann (1965), 151. — LIMC ii (1984), pl. 702, Athanasia 2. — Schefold–Jung (1989), 80, fig. 61. — Shapiro (1993), 230/3, 34-36, fig. 3.
  • CAVI / AVI Data from Henry Immerwahr's Corpus of Attic Vase Inscriptions (CAVI), updated by Rudoph Wachter's Attic Vase Inscriptions (AVI)
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