Monday, May 11, 2015

Vase Interpretation?

Based upon Dr. Castellani's presentation and your notes, evaluate the projected black/red figure vase.  Please decode through commentary.  Think about direction, borders, placement, and symbols or manifestations.  This blog response is a quiz and should be completed during class today.

28 comments:

nromberger said...

The shield has Athena on it. Her helmet is above the decorative line. She is the only god/goddess that breaks the decorative barrier. The helmet show her power over others, her control, and her respect. She has a lot of wisdom and can lead people well. In the vase this wisdom is show through her power and her strength. She has Pegasus on her shield as well.

Isaac S said...

You can see the helmet of Athena, and then her shield, and then the two columns with owls. The symbol on her shield is the Pegasus, and she is known for victory, and her most famous symbol is the owl, shown on the two pillars/columns.

Trevor J said...

On this vase, there is Athena in between two roosters on pedastools. The pedastools help show the importance to the Greeks by raising them up off the ground, to the height of the great goddess Athena. Also in the vase, Athena is wearing her famous high crested helmet. But on this vase, it is protruding from the border, symbolizing how she doesn't necessarily have rules and how she is above people and a great deity. She also has her shield with Pegasus on it.

Savannah P said...

Athena is looking towards one side holding her shield and spear but isn’t looking completely downward. The roosters in the background symbolize war and how they fight to the death which can represent Athena which she is the goddess of wisdom and victory. Her helmet is also above the decorative line.

Maggie Dowling said...

The vase is holding a picture of Athena. Her helmet goes past the borders of the design showing that she is a 'divine' being. Also, her helmet is the only one that ever goes beyond the borders symbolizing her control and respect. She looks down toward humans, showing that she will help them, unlike Apollo who always looks above them. The two roosters on the pedestal represent the fight to win Athena's approval. I think that the writing on the side of the vase is praising Athena or something like that since she is the only one on the vase.

MorganM said...

I believe that on this base is the Goddess Athena, walking alone to the left preparing for war. With her special shield she uses to protect herself. But notice that, that is the only armor she has because she is so strong that she doesn't need the rest of it.

Robert D said...

The pillars, or boarders on the side are free standing columns, that she is the goddess of. The roasters on top will fight to the death and have the desire to win, which is something Athena looks for in her heroes. The give away that it is the goddess Athena is her helmet violating the boarders, and her wielding a spear. This is her weapon of choice, and is the same weapon her hero Achilles used to slay Hector of Troy. The Pegasus on her shield is very interesting. In mythology it is said that she has Medusa's head on her shield. However, this monster gave birth the the glorious Pegasus, and that is why she has the horse on her shield.

Kathleen said...

This particular vase depicts the goddess of Athena, evident from many of the artifacts that she is holding (spear, shield, helmet). She is standing on the right side of the vase -- the side that represents the divinity, thus showing the divinity within her. She is facing left and looking straight ahead, rather than looking down or up, as though she is transfixed upon something. The helmet that she wears goes just barely into the borders of the image, which exemplifies the times/ways that Athena does not adhere to the boundaries placed before her.

emoeller said...

The vase has a lot of empty space on the bottom half which makes me think the artist was quite outgoing and free. The women on the vase is probably Athena because she has a helmet on and is barefoot. Normally if they are wearing shoes they are human. The shield is being held up by Athena, therefore she is defying the earths gravitational field.

Dan Jones said...

This vase has Athena on it, the helmet on the figure lets the viewers know that it is, in fact, Athena. The right side of the vase is the divine side and the left is the mortal side because she is looking to the left and pointing her spear downward which suggests that she is looking toward the human race. Athena's helmet is outside the top border of the vase which symbolizes how she is outside and above all things because of metis. The shield has a winged horse on it which is referring to Pegasus. The Greek writing on the left is the name of the painter that created this piece. Finally this vase is overall symbolic of the nature of Athena. She is characterized as a warrior, but her helmet jutting out of the border portrays her wisdom and metis.

Samantha Mier y Teran said...

The vase projected on the screen is of Athena. The goddess Athena is wearing her iconic helmet and shield. Her gaze is looking down to meet the gaze of mortals. Unlike Apollo and Poseidon, Athena loves brave mortals.Her helmet is crossing the border. This detail adds to her importance. It also creates the illusion that she is a giant; like all gods are.

TroyW said...

You can tell the figure in the picture is Athena. This is because of her helmet and how it sticks above into the border proving that she has god like qualities. The aegis has a picture of a Pegasus on it and is bordered by snakes. She is looking towards the mortal side of the pot but not because she is angry, its because of the panathenaic games. The vase most likely depicts that she was spectating the mortals who participated in these games.

Alec McCranie said...

This vase shows Athena pointing her sword and holding her shield. The figure can be identified as Athena because her helmet goes outside of the boarder to show that she has no limits and the woman is holding the shield that Athena often carries. Athena is depicted on the left side of the vase because it shows her divinity. The rosters on top of the poles signify an athletic event.

Kristion M said...

The goddess on the vase is Athena, she has the helmet and the shield. The helmet is going up past the borders. She has roosters on the pillars on both sides of her. Pegasus is on the shield she is holding.

Kathryn C. said...

The figure is obviously Athena. We see her in battle dress holding a shield and spear, her standard weapon. Her helmet is violating the top border of the vase. This shows her power and independence. Dr. Castellani said that Athena is often shown with pillars around her. This is the case here. There are roosters on top of the pillars. Roosters announce the coming of the dawn. On the opposite side of the vase, there is a chariot race occurring. Athena's olive branches will be presented to the winner. The roosters could represent Athena harolding the victor. Pegasus is on her shield. Pegasus resides in the stables of Zeus, so his appearance on Athena's shield would emphasize her standing with Zeus. She was his favorite child; she held the honor of carrying his weapons for him.

FischerC2016 said...

I believe this vase is all about fighting and athletic events of the vase's time. It is illustrated through the vase that Athena on the front side of the vase is preparing for a fight, while on the other side of the vase an athletic activity is being illustrated. The border with the snake and shield also shows the fighting aspect of the vase.

MaggieH said...

This vase is representing someone powerful, probably a god, because of all the armor and weaponry they're carrying. The helmet is going above the designated border, maybe symbolizing being a god, or looking up to a god. There's an animal on the shield, that may represent power, or commitment to fight. There's also borders on either side of the figure, separating them from others, maybe mortals. Overall, this image is symbolizing power and strength.

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MCornejo08011 said...

We are told that this is Athena, we know this because of her helmet. Another reason that we know this is because Athena's helmet is breaking through the boundary of the art work, Athena is the most common image that does this. By having Athena break the border means that she does not follow all the rule, she is somewhat of a rebel compared to others. If we take a closer look at Athena's eyes we see that her gaze is shifted downward, who ever goes into her gaze she will find at worthy of her help. Athena is showed on the right side of the vase representing a deity, but her direction is to the left being of the mortals. In the back we see two roosters who are high up from the ground this is another representation that it is Athena that we are seeing because Athena is seen as the God that defies gravity, by putting this high up. Again the roosters represents Athena's will to victory by fighting to the death. If we take a look at what Athena is holding, she has one shield and a spear. The shield has a winged horse know as Pegasus. Then we take a look at her weapon the spear, the weapon of Athena's choice.

anime/M/1996 said...

You can see the goddess Athena in the center with her helmet going over the border. This shows that she is the goddess of things up in a more modern word. Also at the very top you have what looks like olive leaves which is one of the sacred plants under Athena. In her hands she is holding a shield which is decorated with the flying horse pegasus. Also in her hand is her weapon of chose a spear. Surounding her is two columns with rosters on it.

Corina said...

This vase is symbolizing Athena. Her symbols are clearly represented in this piece of art. There is a shield and helmet. This is representing skilled, tactic war. She is depicted as being very tall and overall large. She is going beyond the barriers of the vase showing her power and authority. The owls in the vase also represent Athena.

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Kaitlyn said...

On this vase Athena is represented in many ways, by her helmet, shield, and spear. The two columns seem to represent the olympic games which this vase was used in. This vase carried olive oil which represents Athena also. Athenas helmet is also going beyond the border and that is only something Athena did. There are also owls above the columns also representing Athena.

Anicia2277 said...

The vase shows Athena. She is wearing her well known helmet that is depicted above the decorative line. You can also see roosters standing on pillars, somewhat glorified. The shield and stance she is in shows the power we should view her in.

BellaA said...

The vase is of Athena, with her helmet above the decoration line, also possessing a shield and a spear. On the principal side; looking straight ahead rather than up or down-- I think the rooster has her attention. This would have been filled with oil and given as a prize in one of the Panathenaic games held every four years in the honor of the goddess Athena.

amanda said...

There is Athena standing between two roosters on a pedastools, the pedastools show the significance to the greeks by having them off the ground to match the height of Athena.Athena is also wearing her helmet, she is known for victory.

LucyL2016 said...

The amphora has a depiction on it of Athena, with her characteristic shield and spear. Her helmet is violating the borders, which is also common, representing how she, as a goddess, violates the mortal boundaries. Her shield was also important, as it has a picture of Pegasus on it, who helped heroes, like Athena does. Around her are columns, which hold things up. This is Athena's main endeavor: raising up, holding up things or people.

Nick P said...

The shield has Athena on it and her helmet is above the decretive line which in turn means she is on the side of heroes which she likes them to be bold and to be not like the ordinary man. Her helmet is a feature which shows dominance over ones below her, it also shows her control and respect. Athena is shown not looking down directly but with the intent of a hero in which shows her respect to the heroes. Athena also gives the impression of her hight above the rest. this shows her godly presence. She is holding a shield which has a winged horse which directly refers to Pegasus. She is also wielding a spear which is her weapon of choice which can be seen being used by her heroes showing that she is helping them in some depictions of vases. The vase is after all the representation of Athena a true worrier with her wisdom and metis.