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From the Collection of Joan Cadden

Followers of Persephone, the Sirens were punished by the jealous Demeter, who turned them into monstrous sea birds. They had beautiful faces and voices, and lived on an island near southern Italy. With their beautiful songs they seduced and ate poor seamen, but not Odysseus and the Argonauts, who used wax earplugs. The Sirens were so distressed to see the men escape that they threw themselves into the sea and drowned. On this jar the Sirens sing their deadly song while Odysseus, bound to the mast of his ship, tries not to listen. One casts herself into the sea in despair. Attic red-figure wine jar (stamnos), the Name vase of the Siren Painter, c. 500-480 BCE, Late Archaic Period.


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