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Bell Krater with Dionysiac Scenes
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Bell Krater with Dionysiac Scenes


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Description The wine-god Dionysus appears often on vases of this shape (called a bell krater), which held wine for drinking parties. He is usually shown as a bearded and majestic god. Here, Dionysus holds a thyrsus (a pole often twined with ivy and grapevines and topped with a pine cone) in one hand and a kantharos (a high-handled drinking cup) in the other. He turns his head to gaze at a maenad who follows, while a satyr playing the double flutes leads the procession. The maenad carries an oinochoe (a wine jug) and a lighted torch, indicating that the group's journey takes place at night.
Provenance Don Marcello Massarenti Collection, Rome [cat. no. 170]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1902, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters with the Massarenti Collection, 1902

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Period
ca. 440 BCE (Classical)
Medium
terracotta, wheel made; red figure
(Ceramics)
Accession Number
48.74
Measurements
11 1/2 x 13 3/8 x 12 1/8 in. (29.2 x 34 x 30.8 cm)
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