Odysseus (page 709, with art)

Chapter 17, The Return from Troy

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British Museum B103.19: Klazomenian black-figure fragment from Naukratis with five rowers in a boat and wing on upper left (= Odysseus’ men and a Seiren?)

British Museum

Boston, Museum of Fine Arts, 01.8100: Late Corinthian aryballos, Odysseus bound to mast sailing past three Seirenes on rock; two large birds hover over Odysseus’ ship with its helmeted rowers; beyond Seirenes on the right, structure that may be palace of Kirke

E. Pfuhl, Malerei und Zeichnung der Griechen vol. 3 (1923) pl. 40 fig. 173

Museum of Fine Arts

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New York, Callimanopoulos Collection (ex Stockholm, Medelhavsmuseum): Attic black-figure oinochoe with three Seirenes on rock, one playing pipes and one lyre; ship with Odysseus tied to mast

Beazley Archive Pottery Database

Attic Vase Inscriptions

Athens, National Museum 1130: Attic black-figure white-ground lekythos with Odysseus tied to mast (in form of column), flanked on each side by water and leaping dolphin; on far left, Seiren on rock playing lyre, and on far right, Seiren on rock playing double flute

E. Sellers, “Three Attic Lekythoi from Eritrea,” Journal of Hellenic Studies 13 (1892-1893) pl. 1

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Digital LIMC

London, British Museum E440: Attic red-figure stamnos with Seiren on rock flanking scene on each side; in middle, Odysseus tied to mast of ship as his men row over the sea to left, directed by a steersman; in front of Odysseus, Seiren dives to her death

British Museum

Monumenti inediti pubblicati dall’Instituto di corrispondenza archeologica 1 (1829-1833) pl. 8

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From excavation at Aetos, Ithaca: handle of Corinthian Late Geometric oinochoe with helmeted Odysseus displaying moly to frightened Kirke?

W. A. Heurtley and Martin Robertson, “Excavations in Ithaca, V: The Geometric and Later Finds from Aetos,” Annual of the British School at Athens 43 (1948) p. 42 fig. 29

Boston, Museum of Fine Arts 99.519: Attic black-figure cup with nude Kirke (her flesh painted white) in the center, offering her potion cup to one of Odysseus’ men, while a dog looks on; behind him, three of Odysseus’ transformed men with human bodies and heads of a dog, a panther and a goat; behind Kirke, three more of Odysseus’ transformed men with heads of a horse, a rooster and a lion; on far left, Odysseus approaches with sword drawn; behind him, a draped male who may be Eurylochos

Museum of Fine Arts

F. Müller, Die antiken Odyssee-Illustrationen in ihrer kunsthistorischen Entwicklung (1913) p. 55 fig. 5

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Boston, Museum of Fine Arts 99.518: Attic black-figure cup by Boston Polyphemos Painter, with (on side A) nude Kirke in center (her flesh painted white) stirring her potion in a cup she has just received from one of Odysseus’ men, whose head has already been transformed into that of  boar; a dog looks on; behind the boar-headed man, two more transformed men with a sheep’s and a dog’s head and animal forelegs in place of arms; on far right, a fleeing Eurylochos; behind Kirke, another transformed man with head and forelegs of a boar; behind him, Odysseus approaches, while drawing his sword; on far left, a lion-headed man flees. For side B of this cup, see Gantz page 708.

Museum of Fine Arts

Digital LIMC

Beazley Archive Pottery Database

Perseus Art & Archaeology Artifact Browser

New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art 41.83: Attic red-figure calyx krater with (in upper zone) Odysseus in center, leaping up from chair with sword drawn, in pursuit of Kirke; in the air, Kirke’s falling potion cup and stirring rod; on the right, Kirke fleeing in terror; behind Odysseus, a transformed man with boar head and tail; behind him, a second transformed man with mule head and tail

Metropolitan Museum

C. Alexander, “Greek Accessions: A Bronze Griffin, a Terracotta Vase, A Wax Head” Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 36 (October 1941) p. 205 fig. 4 upper

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Digital LIMC

Paestum, Museo Nazionale Archeologico: metope from the Heraion alla Foce del Sele, with man astride a large turtle as he looks upward or outward; he has been identified as Odysseus moving away from Charybdis (not shown) or as Tantalos looking up at fruit he can never reach (not shown)

Paestum Museum

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Artistic sources edited by Frances Van Keuren, Prof. Emerita, Lamar Dodd School of Art, Univ. of Georgia, September 2022

 

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