Pandora And The Gods, Pan And Satyrs

Decent Essays
Alison Nelson
Professor Campbell
Classical Mythology
Sunday, July 20, 2014
Pandora and the Gods, Pan and Satyrs Mythologists are able to use Greek art to interpret the meaning behind lost plays. Art in The British Museum called “Pandora and the Gods, Pan and Satyrs” reveals what the plot of the lost Sophocles play, “Pandora, or The Hammerers”, may have been. Mythologists are able to identify characters in the artwork because of traits the characters possess. Because mythologists can identify characters in the artwork, they are further able to identify scenes in the artwork—in this case a scene from the myth of the creation of Pandora (British Museum).
The piece is a red-figured, wine bowl that is attributed to the Niobid Painter. It was made in Athens, Greece around 460-450 BC, and found in Altamura. Puglia, Italy (British Museum). There are two scenes on top of one another that occur in the piece. The top scene is the creation of Pandora. She is standing rigid while five of the gods are standing around her. Athena is about to put a wreath on her head. The scene below displays a frieze of dancing and playing satyrs. Because the vase is round it isn’t possible to see all the figures in the piece. But looking at the piece from the front, six gods are portrayed in the top scene. The gods in the scene from left to right are: Zeus, Poseidon, Athena, Pandora, Ares, and Hermes. The gods in the piece are identifiable because of distinguishable traits that certain characters
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