Birth of Erichthonius
The Goddess Ge (Earth) emerges to hand the infant to Athena.
With other copies of less merit this yields a frieze with other
figures of Athenian myth-history.
Given the popularity of birth scenes for the bases of cult statues,
the original is attributed by many to the base of the Athena and Hephaestus
statues (near-parents of Erichthonius) in his Temple, and so associated
perhaps with Alkmenes.
Cf. the himation-swathed of the Athena
Velletri given to the same group by some.
Copy of an original of about 420 BCE, Restored H. of original frieze
about 0.70 m
Vatican, Chiaramonti 1285
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