The Creation of Pandora (or Anesidora) by Athena and Hephaestus
In the center Pandora (or Anesidora) stands in a frontal pose, stiff as an Archaic kore or xoanon with her feet together and hands at her sides.
She looks to the left and raises the edge of her drapery slightly with each hand.
Above her is her name [A]NESIDORA.
She is wearing a long, sleeved chiton undergirt and decorated with stars; her hair streams down loosely about her shoulders, confined with a fillet, apparently just placed there by Hephaestus.
Athena appears to be fastening Pandora's chiton on her shoulders.
Both deities stand taller than the mortal woman.
Athena on the left wears a long chiton girt at the waist with a girdle, the ends of which fall in front under the upper fold of the chiton.
Around her shoulders she wears the aegis fringed with snakes and set with the gorgoneion.
It is decorated with a diaper pattern rather than scales.
Over her is her name, ATHENAA.
Hephaestus on the right wears a rather scanty himation and holds his hammer at his side in his left hand.
His short hair is confined with a golden fillet.
The scene recalls Hesiod's Theogony (Hes. Th. 573-580).
Attic red figure, white ground kylix from Nola, Campania, H 3 5/8 in, D 12 1/4 in
Attributed to the Tarquinia Painter, 470-460 BCE
London, British Museum D 4
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