martedì 22 ottobre 2013

Adrasteia nymph or Idê nymph

Vase with applied marble carving (sixth image)

                                                  Adrasteia nymph or Idê nymph

Representations of nymphs of Mount Ida in Krete are exceedingly rare. The scene shows the Diktaion cave. In front of the cave, in an outdoor setting, is Adrasteia nymph or Idê nymph with a shield, Zeus’ protectress. Adrasteia was nymph of Mount Ida in Krete who was entrusted with the care of the infant god Zeus. Adrasteia was assisted by her sister Idê and the Kouretes. They hid him away in the Diktaion cave, nursing him with honey and the milk of the goat Amaltheia, while the Kouretes masked his cry with their shield-clashing dance. We see the god Zeus monumentalized in the Diktaion cave and nymph’s task accomplished. The Painter used the new technique for the main subjects and he depicted the Diktaion cave in the combination of colors on red-ground

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