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Terracotta pelike (wine jar)

Attributed to the Acheloös Painter
Period:
Archaic
Date:
ca. 510 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; black-figure
Dimensions:
H. 13 1/8 in. (33.3 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1949
Accession Number:
49.11.1
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 155
Obverse, the henchmen of King Midas lying in wait for Silenos
Reverse, flute player and two boxers

The difference between satyrs and silens cannot be defined conclusively, but silens are often considered older satyrs. Silens could be endowed with great wisdom in addition to a great capacity for wine. King Midas of Phrygia once had his men trap a silen by luring him to a fountain of water mixed with wine. Midas's purpose was to benefit from the silen's counsel.
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. pp. 61, 198, pl. 38g, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Cole, Nancy. 1968. Greek Athletic Games. no. 1, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Beazley, John D. 1978[1956]. Attic Black-Figure Vase-Painters. pp. 384, 696, no. 19, Add. 1, p. 384, New York: Hacker Art Books.

Kossatz-Deissmann, Anneliese, Brigitte Servais-Soyez, Fulvio Canciani, Giovannangelo Camporeale, Hans Peter Isler, Ingrid Krauskopf, Odette Touchefeu-Meynier, Marcel Le Glay, and Dr. Jean-Charles Balty. 1981–1999. Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vols. 1-8. Zürich: Artemis Verlag Zurich und Munchen.

Raschke, Wendy J. 1985. "Aulos and Athlete: the function of the flute Player in Greek Athletics." Arete: The Journal of Sport and Literature, 2: pp. 184, 198 n. 25.

Kossatz-Deissmann, Anneliese, Brigitte Servais-Soyez, Fulvio Canciani, Giovannangelo Camporeale, Hans Peter Isler, Ingrid Krauskopf, Odette Touchefeu-Meynier, Marcel Le Glay, and Dr. Jean-Charles Balty. 1992. Kentauroi-Oiax, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vol. 6. Midas, no. 9, Zürich: Artemis Verlag Zurich und Munchen.

Cohen, Beth. 2000. Not the Classical Ideal: Athens and the Construction of the Other in Greek Art pp. 343-5, fig. 13.2, Leiden: Brill.

Gebauer, Jörg. 2002. Pompe und Thysia: Attische Tieropferdarstellungen auf schwarz- und rotfigurigen Vasen. p. 173 n. 674, Münster: Ugarit-Verlag.

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