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The birth of Erichthonius.

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The birth of Erichthonius.
Bineteau, P. (Lithographer)
Rey, A. (Engraver)

Wonders: Images of the Ancient World

Mythology -- D-F

Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1844 - 1861
Library locations
Art and Picture Collection
Shelf locator: PC-WON MYT-D-F
Shelf locator: PC-WON OX MYT
Athena (Greek deity)
Minerva (Roman deity)
Vulcan (Roman deity)
Greeks -- Clothing & dress -- To 499
Triton (Greek deity)
Hephaestus (Greek deity)
Erichthonius (Greek mythology)
Gaia (Greek deity)
Content : Image has slight foxing at corners and along center crease. 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 Chiusi." Cf. illustration with Source ID 1624638.

Content : 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.

Content : 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.

Source note: 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.
Type of Resource
Still image
UUID: b4b5d7d0-c5be-012f-2a3e-58d385a7bc34
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Item timeline of events

  • 1844: Issued (Approximate)
  • 2013: Digitized
  • 2016: Found by you!
  • 2017

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Art and Picture Collection, The New York Public Library. "The birth of Erichthonius." The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1844 - 1861. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e4-6438-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

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Art and Picture Collection, The New York Public Library. "The birth of Erichthonius." New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed February 6, 2016. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e4-6438-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

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Art and Picture Collection, The New York Public Library. (1844 - 1861). The birth of Erichthonius. Retrieved from http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e4-6438-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

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The birth of Erichthonius.