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Historic Images of the Greek Bronze Age: The Reproductions of E. Gilliéron and Son

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Terracotta Nolan neck-amphora (jar)

Attributed to the Oionokles Painter

Period:
Classical
Date:
ca. 480–470 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; red-figure
Dimensions:
H. 13 in. (33 cm) diameter 7 9/16 in. (19.2 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1909
Accession Number:
09.221.41
  • Description

    Obverse, satyr playing lyre
    Reverse, satyr with wineskin

    As followers of the wine-god Dionysos, satyrs were traditionally associated with wine in all forms. Of interest here is the representation of the satyr playing the lyre. Music and especially the lyre, an attribute of Apollo, was the mark of a civilized, cultured individual. The depiction here reflects a general domestication of satyrs during the fifth century. It probably also alludes to developments in Greek theater and the rise of the satyr play.

  • Provenance

    Said to be from Capua

  • References

    Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, p. 87.

    Beazley, John D. 1963[1942]. Attic Red-Figure Vase-Painters, Vols. 1 and 2, 2nd edn. Oxford: Clarendon Press, p. 646, no. 6.

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