Playing Along 2

For those still interested in playing along with my students’ efforts, here’s the task:  What can your search-fu tell you about this image below?

An image of a smith (maybe the smith-god) at work at his forge
A smith (the smith-god?) at work at his forge

As before, the questions are…

  1. What is it?
  2. What is it made of?
  3. Where is it from?
  4. About when was it made?
  5. Where (probably) was it made?
  6. Where was it found, and when?
  7. Where is it now?
  8. What is its significance?

And actually, I’m going to raise the stakes a little on this one.  I’ll leave comments closed on this for a while, say for a week. And the best answer at the end of a week gets a guest blogging spot over the Christmas break.  It’s a chance to promote your own blog with a different audience than usual, reach out to a new community, and maybe touch a few new hearts.  Woohoo! I hear you cry. A research project that turns into more work! But more work to reach a new audience.  And what’s so bad about that?

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  1. This is a tough one. First this is a picture of Hephaestus, the lame God of fire. I think it depicts the creation of the shield of Achilles. As the only Greek god who worked, he epitomized excelling at a craft.

    I can find that image but so far not in a museum collection. However, I uploaded the image to a site, which labeled it as a phiale or cup. However, it looks much like a kylix with the same black or red-figure style as the last piece. Kylix pieces found at the British museum were made by painters such as Euergides around 500 BC. I have been to Oxford, Boston, Germany, London etc. and haven’t found its location yet. I must be missing something and will look more when I get other work done!

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