Obverse, Athena between Hera and Zeus Reverse, warrior leaving home
The feature common to both sides of this stamnos is the offering of a libation. On the obverse, Athena holds an oinochoe (jug) as Zeus and Hera proffer phialai (libation bowls) to be filled. On the reverse, a young warrior stands between a seated man and a standing woman who holds an oinochoe and a phiale. The libation is poured when the warrior departs in order to insure his safe return. This combination of scenes provides a remarkably graphic illustration of the ancient Athenians' sense that a communality in belief and practice existed between the mortal and divine worlds.
von Bothmer, Dietrich, Bernard V. Bothmer, Pat Getz-Preziosi, Diana Buitron-Oliver, and Andrew Oliver, Jr. 1987. Antiquities from the Collection of Christos G. Bastis, Emma Swan Hall, ed. no. 162, pp. 278-79, figs. 162a-162b, Mainz on Rhine: Verlag Philipp von Zabern.
von Bothmer, Dietrich. 1987. "Greek and Roman Art." Recent Acquisitions (Metropolitan Museum of Art), No. 1987/1988: p. 9.