Δεκάτη Ὑστέρα- Δεκάτη Φθίνοντος/ Μετεικὰς- Ἀμφιδεκάτη, XXI day From today’s sunset: twenty-first day of Elaphebolion. The twenty-first day is always sacred to Athena.
(Athena, seated and wearing the triple-crested helmet known from the famous 5th century BCE colossal statue of Athena Parthenos in Athens. Around Her left shoulder and breast She wears the aegis, and in Her left arm She holds a shield on which is the head of the Gorgon Medusa. The tiny owl stands to Her right on a high rocky pinnacle draped with a victory wreath. The plate is part of a hoard of Roman tableware of the 1st century BCE - 1st century CE, known as the “Hildesheim silver treasure”, discovered in 1868 in Hildesheim, Germany, and now in the Altes Museum, Berlin.)
A cult mask of Dionysus between two large eyes (mimicking the appearance of an “eye-cup”). Attic black-figure amphora, attributed to the Antimenes Painter; ca. 520 BCE. Now in the Altes Museum, Berlin. Photo credit: Carole Raddato.
A Boeotian clay pyxis bearing an image of the goddess known as the Mistress of the Animals (Πότνια Θηρῶν), a precursor of Artemis. Artist unknown; late 7th cent. BCE. Now in the Altes Museum, Berlin. Photo credit: Marcus Cyron.