Terracotta oinochoe: chous (jug)

Attributed to the Eretria Painter

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 159

The return of Hephaistos to Mount Olympos

The two exceptionally large and boisterous depictions of the subject by Lydos (in the gallery of sixth-century Greek art) find a very different sequel here. The procession has been reduced to essentials and the donkey now carries not only Hephaistos but also Dionysos, who grasps his kantharos (drinking cup) with both hands. Hephaistos behind him holds a hammer and tongs in his left hand and gestures with his right.

Terracotta oinochoe: chous (jug), Attributed to the Eretria Painter, Terracotta, Greek, Attic

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