Greek, Attic; said to be from Numana
Attributed to the Methyse Painter
H. 19 1/2 in. (49.5 cm), Diam. 22 1/4 in. (56.5 cm)
Belonging to the group around the Villa Giulia Painter, the Methyse Painter takes his name from the lyre-playing maenad in front of Dionysos (methyse means "drunk"). The figures' incipient inebriation is subtly suggested. The key is Dionysos—slow-moving with a downcast, introverted expression and stabilized by a young satyr who wraps his arms around the god's middle. The satyrs and maenads on the reverse are more active. One maenad holds her thyrsos (fennel stalk) ready to parry an assault. The figures under each handle are engaged in an eternal pursuit. The names are inscribed: Oinobios, Maleos, and Myris; Methyse, Chryseis, and Mainas.