Image of the Armed Amazon at Staatliche Antikensammlungen, Berlin

Armed Amazon, her shield decorates a Gorgon head; Tondo of Attic red-figure kylix, ca. 500 BC, Staatliche Antikensammlungen, Berlin

The tondo of the Attic red-figure kylix from around 500 BC depicts an armed Amazon with a Gorgon head decorating her shield (i.e. an aegis). It is currently held in the Staatliche Antikensammlungen in Berlin, Germany. The Amazon was a popular subject in ancient Greek art, and often depicted as fierce warrior women with weapons and shields.

Staatliche Antikensammlungen, Berlin

The Staatliche Antikensammlungen (State Collections of Antiquities) is a museum in Berlin, Germany that houses one of the world’s largest collections of ancient Greek and Roman art. The museum was founded in 1830 and contains over 200,000 objects dating from the Neolithic period to the late Roman Empire. The collection includes sculptures, vases, pottery, jewelry, and other artifacts from ancient Greece, Rome, and Egypt. The museum is located on the Museum Island in the center of Berlin, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.