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Terracotta pelike (jar)

Attributed to the Somzée Painter
ca. 420–410 B.C.
Greek, Attic
Terracotta; red-figure
H.: 14 1/2 x 11 1/16 in. (36.8 x 28.1 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Samuel G. Ward, 1875
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 159
Obverse, Dionysos banqueting
Reverse, three youths

The scene presents an early form of the outdoor gathering—with or without repast—so favored in later Western art. Dionysos, the god of wine, reclines on a couch in a hilly setting with a spreading vine. A young man and an old satyr attend to the wine—worthy of notice is their calyx-krater (bowl for mixing wine and water) decorated with a satyr and maenad, followers of Dionysos. In front of the god is a surface with bread and fruit. The woman at right brings grapes in a flat basket. Although the drawing is facile, the figures are substantial and individually characterized.
#1053. Terracotta pelike (jar)
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Said to be from the vicinity of Athens

Before 1873, excavated in the vicinity of Athens; briefly, with Professor Athanasios Sergiou Rhousopoulos, Athens; by 1874, purchased by Samuel G. Ward from Prof. A.S. Rhousopoulos, Athens; acquired 1875, gift of Samuel G. Ward.
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Sybel, Ludwig von. 1879. Athena und Marsyas : Gratulationsschrift der Universität Marburg an das Kais. Deutsche Archäologische Institut in Rom zu dessen 50 jähriger Stiftungsfeier am 21 April 1879. p. 15, Marburg: Deutsches Archaologisches Institut.

Conze, A. 1887. "Athena und Marsyas." Jahrbuch des Kaiserlich Deutschen Archäologischen Instituts, 2: pp. 193–95.

Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1895. The Terracottas and Pottery of the Cesnola Collection of Cypriote Antiquities in Halls 4 and 15. no. 1753, p. 130, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Pausanias. 1898. Pausanias's Description of Greece (translation and commentary), Vol. II. p. 294, London, New York: The Macmillan Co.

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Beazley, John D. 1918. Attic Red-Figured Vases in American Museums. p. 183, Cambridge: Harvard University Press.

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