Terracotta kylix (drinking cup)

Attributed to the Poseidon Painter

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 157

Interior, maenad with bird

Like the cup by the Kiss Painter (07.286.50), this work was shaved down in antiquity. The iconography is interesting because maenads (female followers of Dionysos, the god of wine) are not commonly associated with birds. She seems to be letting a dove fly, much as Athena releases her owl.

Terracotta kylix (drinking cup), Attributed to the Poseidon Painter, Terracotta, Greek, Attic

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