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Terracotta stamnos (jar)

Recalls the Barclay Painter
Recalls the Thomson Painter
ca. 450–440 B.C.
Greek, Attic
Terracotta; red-figure
H. 12 1/4 in. (31.1 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1921
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 156
Obverse, woman ladles wine from a stamnos into a phiale (libation bowl) while companions hold phiale and kantharos
Reverse, three women holding thyrsoi

The women preparing wine and holding thyrsoi, the wands associated with maenads, suggest that this scene relates to a festival of Dionysos Lenaios, celebrated in Athens toward the end of January. The original Dionysos Lenaios was a column with a bearded mask. A number of Athenian vases show this idol surrounded by women ladling wine.
Richter, Gisela M. A., Marjorie J. Milne, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1922. Shapes of Greek Vases. New York.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1923. "Athenian Pottery: Recent Accessions." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 18(11): pp. 254-6, fig. 4.

Richter, Gisela M. A. and Marjorie J. Milne. 1935. Shapes and Names of Athenian Vases. p. 8, New York: Plantin Press.

Hill, Dorothy Kent. 1942. "Wine Ladels and Strainers from Ancient Times." The Journal of the Walters Art Gallery, 5: p. 42.

Beazley, John D. 1963[1942]. Attic Red-Figure Vase-Painters, Vols. 1 and 2, 2nd ed. pp. 1072, 1681, middle, Add. 1, pp. 1071-72, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

Mertens, Joan R. 2010. How to Read Greek Vases. pp. 8, 26-7, fig. 13, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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