"Sing for the gold-haired Pythios who aims far with his bow and arrow and plays the lyre nicely".
-Hymn to Apollo inscribed on a wall of the Treasury of the Athenians at Delphi
|Delphi Archaeological Museum, 480-470 BC, from an Attic
workshop. This shallow wine bowl (kylix) depicts Apollo in
the white-ground red-figure technique, it was found in a grave
underneath the museum.
The god wears a white chiton, a red himation (cloak) and sandals. A seven-stringed lyre is attached to his left hand with a red leather strap and his right hand he pours a libation out of a shallow bowl (patera) decorated with patterns in relief.
Opposite is a black bird, for which several explanations have been offered: it is identified either as an oracular bird or according to Ovid, when Coronis was pregnant by Apollo, he appointed a white raven to guard her before leaving. The raven, after learning the affair of Coronis with Ischys, reported it to Apollo. Apollo in anger killed the couple and turned the crow black as a punishment for being a tattletale and failing its duty. For a larger image click Here
side view of the kylix.