Hephaistos returns to Olympos, riding on the back of a donkey, and holding a hammer and tongs in his hands. He is led by Dionysos, carrying a thyrsos (pine-cone tipped staff) and drinking cup, and a Satyriskos (boy satyr) playing the double-flute. Queen Hera, wearing a crown and veil, sits trapped on her throne, a cursed gift from Hephaistos, who sought to punish her for casting him out of Olympos as a babe. An attendant of the goddess stands by, perhaps Hebe, cooling the goddess with a (peacock-?) feather fan.
Attributed to the Kleophon Painter
Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, Ohio, USA
High Classical ca 430 - 420 BC