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Terracotta pelike (jar)

Attributed to the Geras Painter
Period:
Classical
Date:
ca. 480 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; red-figure
Dimensions:
H. 11 1/4 in. (28.5 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Purchase, 1901
Accession Number:
01.8.8
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Obverse, Dionysos
Reverse, satyr

The figures have been accommodated admirably to the size and shape of the pelike. Dionysos is dressed up, including soft shoes. The bending branch and the end of his staff beneath the kantharos evoke flowing wine. His satyr attendant is characterized by his nudity and by the wineskin that levitates behind him. He extends his oinochoe (jug) to his master's kantharos (drinking cup).
Said to be from Southern Italy

Richter, Gisela M. A. and Marjorie J. Milne. 1935. Shapes and Names of Athenian Vases. pp. 4-5, fig. 36, New York: Plantin Press.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1946. Attic Red-Figured Vases: A Survey. pp. 61, 72, figs. 19, 50, New Haven: Yale University Press.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. pp. 72, 214, pl. 54c, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1958[1946]. Attic Red-Figured Vases: A Survey, Revised Edition, 2nd edn. pp. 61, 72, figs. 19, 50, New Haven: Yale University Press.

Beazley, John D. 1963[1942]. Attic Red-Figure Vase-Painters, Vols. 1 and 2, 2nd ed. p. 286, no. 19, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

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