H. 18 1/2 in. (47 cm)
diameter 9 3/8 in. (23.8 cm)
Purchase by subscription, 1899
Not on view
Obverse, Dionysos and maenads at altar; Reverse, libation scene: king and women
The Niobid Painter takes advantage of the large shape to depict solemn, imposing offering scenes. On the obverse, Dionysos, god of wine, stands at an altar with a kantharos (drinking cup with high handles) as the maenad opposite him holds an oinochoe (jug); interestingly, the vase is glazed black to be more visible. On the reverse, a man whose status is indicated by his scepter and fillet holds a phiale (libation bowl) that is being filled by a woman pouring from an oinochoe (jug).
Found at Capua in 1868 in the so-called Brygos Tomb
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