Terracotta pelike (jar)
- Attributed to the manner of the Pig Painter
- ca. 480 B.C.
- Greek, Attic
- Terracotta; red-figure
- H. 12 3/16 in. (30.9 cm)
diameter of mouth 5 1/8 in. (13 cm)
diameter of foot 5 3/8 in. (13.7 cm)
- Credit Line:
- Fletcher Fund, 1956
- Accession Number:
Obverse, satyr and the wine god, Dionysos
Reverse, two youths
The painter of this pelike distinguishes himself by his introduction of unusual animals. The lion clearly was not known to the artist firsthand but serves to emphasize the special powers of Dionysos and his followers: the sound of the flute together with the wine makes even a lion tame. The youths on the reverse are accompanied by a Maltese dog.