Obverse, the Return of Hephaistos Reverse, banquet
In Attic vase-painting, horses are, by far, the most frequently depicted animal, with an emphasis on their beauty and speed. Representations of the Return of Hephaistos, in which the smith-god goes to Mount Olympos on the back of a donkey or mule, probably bring with them an implicit comparison with aristocratic riders and their noble mounts.This Chalcidian vase is a simplified adaptation of an Attic black-figure model.
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