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The birth of Erichthonius.

Image ID: 1624638

The birth of Erichthonius. (1844-1861)

Image Details

Image Title

:  The birth of Erichthonius.


: Rey, A. -- Engraver
Bineteau, P. -- Lithographer

Published Date

: 1844-1861


: Lithographs -- Color

Specific Material Type

: prints

Item Physical Description

: 1 print : col. ; 33.5 x 51.5 cm.


: Erichthonius is also known as Erechtheus. A legendary king of Athens, he was the son of Gaea and Hephaestus. Born with the lower half of a snake like all the "aborigines" (first inhabitants of the world), he was given into the care of Minerva. Note 2.) Minerva (goddess of wisdom) and Vulcan (blacksmith of the gods, here symbolized by tongs) are Roman names, their Greek equivalents being, respectively, Athena and Hephaestus. Triton was a sea deity and the son of Poseidon, supreme god of the oceans. Note 3.) Written under image: "The Birth of Erichthonius. Gaea, goddess of Earth ... presents the young Erichthonius to Minerva. Behind Minerva is Triton and beside Gaea is Vulcan. Two Victories hover over the scene. Casucini Collection at Chiusii." Cf. illustration with Source ID 1624655.

Original Source

: From Elite des monuments céramographiques : matériaux pour l'histoire des religions et des moeurs de l'antiquité. (Paris : Leleux, 1844-1861) Lenormant, Charles (1802-1859), Author.


: Wonders: Images of the Ancient World / Mythology (General)

Source Description

: 1 folder (7 pictures) ; 1 oversize folder (9 pictures) ; 2 postcards


: Mid-Manhattan Library / Picture Collection

Catalog Call Number


Digital ID

: 1624638

Record ID

: 1763204

Digital Item Published

: 7-3-2008; updated 3-25-2011

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