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Water jar (hydria), the Antiope Group, about 520 B.C. - 510 B.C., From the collection of: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Priam and Hecabe are seen to be mourning the death of their son, Hektor. The artist makes it clear that these figures are indeed the Trojan King and Queen by  the side they are placed on the hydria; the opposing side to where Achilles is dragging the body of Hector - to the Greek camp. The artist has also contrasted the colour of the two figures: Priam dark skinned with white hair, and Hecabe white skinned with dark hair. This contrast of colours highlights Priam's old age.Some may think it curious as to why the artist has depicted the two horses having four hind legs each instead of two each, the reason to why this is is because they wanted to display the fact that there were many horses present in this scene, however due the limitation of space available, only two bodies were painted.In the scene, Hecabe is holding her hand up to her head and face, this is the act of keening; a traditional method of mourning amongst women of the time.The scene also depicts women to have pale skin and the men to have darker skin. This may just be a way of the artist distinguishing between men and women, however it could be argued that it represents the fact that in the Bronze age, it would be considered more desirable for women to have pale skin as it showed they were 'good wives' and stayed inside, weaving, and doing womanly duties, not outside getting tanned. The men however would normally be outside hunting, or on the battle ground in war. The figure representing Athene is also pale, this suggest that the Gods followed this ideology as well. Some figures are depicted to have wings in this scene; representing they are immortal or spirits. if the figure is a spirit (like Patroclus in this scene) then figures will be of a considerably smaller scale compared to the living and divine. 
Relief of the Pensive Athena., Unknown, Around 460 BC, From the collection of: Acropolis Museum
This representation of Athene in deep thought is a contrast to her representation in Homer's Iliad, as Homer depicts her, aswell as most of the gods (aside from Zeus, God of justice amoug other things) as frivolous in her favours which have morbid affects amoug the mortals they are so devoutly worshiped by.
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