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

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Terracotta pelike (jar)

Attributed to the manner of the Pig Painter

Period:
Classical
Date:
ca. 480 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; red-figure
Dimensions:
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)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1956
Accession Number:
56.171.43
  • Description

    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.

  • References

    Beazley, John D. 1963[1942]. Attic Red-Figure Vase-Painters, Vols. 1 and 2, 2nd edn. Oxford: Clarendon Press, p. 566, no. 5.

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