H. 6 7/16 in. (16.4 cm)
diameter 11 3/16 in. (28.4 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1917
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 155
Obverse, return of Hephaistos Reverse, Dionysos, the god of wine, and Ariadne among satyrs and maenads
The subject here is the same as on the two kraters by Lydos. The band is treated as a frieze with particular emphasis on the central motif. Hephaistos, who rides his mule as though it were a horse, is escorted by Dionysos. The wine god reappears on the reverse with Ariadne, whom he had rescued when she was abandoned on the island of Naxos. The lively figures and considerable added red and white are most appropriate for a drinking cup that could well have been used with kraters (bowls for mixing wine and water) like those by Lydos.
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