No. G 28
Date Range: Early corinthian, 620-600 BC
H. 25 cm

Alabastron

On the body of the vase a demon is illustrated. He has a human upper body and the lower half body of a snake. He also has large wings, which covers the whole back side of the vessel. Under the demon´s tail a swan sits. The plain space is filled with rosettes, dots, lotospalmettes and keys. The illustration of a demon was a very popular motive on Corinthian vessels. It is probably Typhon, one of the giants, who fought against Zeus for the world domination. He personifies the power of nature, especially of the volcanoes and of the earthquakes. His underbody indicates his connection with his mother: earth.

(M.C.)

 

Bibliography

M. Lehner - T. Lorenz - G. Schwarz, Griechische und italische Vasen aus der Sammlung des Instituts für Klassische Archäologie der Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz (Graz 1993) 25-26 Nr. 11 Abb. 14

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