Eos and Memnon

Eos and Memnon

Artist Douris

Date ca. 490-480 BCE

Movement Greek

Medium Ceramic, Attic red-figured kylix

Height 10.5

Housed at Musée du Louvre, Paris


The deceased figure of Memnon is carried away by his mother, Eos. Memnon’s dead weight, accentuated by his body’s sharp, stiff lines, contrasts with the subtle curvature of Eos’ soft, airy wings as she pulls him upward; Eos’ haunched pose, enforced by the curve of the vase, conveys the genuine difficulty of her task, both physically and emotionally, even for a goddess.