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Terracotta skyphos (deep drinking cup)

Attributed to the Lewis Painter
ca. 470 B.C.
Greek, Attic
Terracotta; red-figure
H. with handles 5 13/16 in. (14.8 cm); width with handles 10 15/16 in. (27.8 cm); diameter of bowl 7 1/4 in. (18.4 cm)
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1956
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Obverse, Dionysos
Reverse, Ariadne

During the sixth and fifth centuries B.C., Dionysos is usually shown as a mature bearded god wearing a long chiton and cloak. Here, he has a band of cloth and a wreath of vine leaves around his head. He often carries a thyrsos, a fennel stalk topped with ivy leaves. On the skyphos, he pursues his wife, Ariadne. With a single figure on each side, the artist could be expansive with movement and details of drapery.
Beazley, John D. 1963[1942]. Attic Red-figure Vase-painters, Vols. 1 and 2, 2nd ed. p. 973, no. 13, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

Beazley, John D. 1971. Paralipomena: Additions to Attic Black-Figure Vase-Painters and to Attic Red-Figure Vase-Painters [2nd edition]. p. 435, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

Gebauer, Jörg. 2002. Pompe und Thysia: Attische Tieropferdarstellungen auf schwarz- und rotfigurigen Vasen. p.103 n. 456, Münster: Ugarit-Verlag.

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