Terracotta bell-krater (mixing bowl)
Connected in style with the Painter of the Long Overfalls
ca. 380–360 B.C.
Greek, South Italian, Apulian
H. 12 in. (30.5 cm)
Gift of David Nelson, in memory of Mark L. Davison, 1984
Obverse, satyr and maenad. Reverse, two youths
The representation is interesting because the maenad, asleep in an outdoor setting, recalls the pose of Ariadne when she was found on the island of Naxos by the wine god Dionysos; she had been abandoned there by Theseus. The iconography of an "elevated" mythological subject has been applied to members of Dionysos' retinue.
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