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Right maenad, head

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Satyr at far right (side B), goat under handle, maenad carrying torches

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Maenad with kithara

Collection: Johns Hopkins University Museum, Baltimore
Summary: Dionysiac scenes
Ware: Attic Red Figure
Painter: Attributed to Makron
Context: From Caere
Date: ca. 490 BC - 480 BC

H. 0.125 m., W. with handles 0.39 m., D. rim 0.29 m., D. foot 0.111 m.

Primary Citation: ARV2, 463, no. 51
Shape: Kylix
Region: Etruria
Period: Late Archaic

Decoration Description:

Tondo: on exergue, dancing to their right, are two maenads in girded chitons with overfolds, necklaces, bare feet. The maiden in advance stands with her weight on her left leg frontally, her right leg bent and in left profile, a thyrsos in her right hand. She glances back at her companion, with her head in right profile, her long hair bound in a fillet and knotted at the tip. Her companion steps forth with right leg extended, left knee bent, torso frontal. Her upraised right hand holds a small branch. Her left hand at her hip holds the end of a thyrsos. Her head is in left profile, with her hair gathered up at the nape and bound in a fillet. The tondo is bordered by a leftward meander.

Side A: a goat beneath the handle follows a maenad standing in right profile holding torches. In front of her is another maenad, also in right profile, carrying a kithara. Approaching them is Dionysos, who is standing in left profile and is wearing an ivy wreath and chiton beneath a mantle draped over his left shoulder and around his waist. He carries a kantharos in his upraised right hand, a vine with two grape bunches in his left. Behind him are a maenad with castanets, another in right profile blowing a double flute, and a final frontal maenad with castanets. All maenads wear chitons and mantles except for the end maenad with castanets (krotala), who wears a chiton only. Sketch lines are visible beside the head of the maenad playing the aulos.

Side B: beneath the handle is a lotus and palmette scheme. There are four pairs of satyrs and maenads clad only in chitons and wreaths or fillets: a satyr carrying a maenad; a maenad with a thyrsos repelling a satyr in a fawnskin, a maenad resisting a satyr with a thyrsos; a dancing satyr and maenads.

Relief contour is used throughout, except for the reserved hairline. Added red is used for vine leaves and some wreaths. There is a reserved line beneath the scene and another, which breaks at the handles, above the scene.


RW No. 112

Collection History:

Formerly Hartwig collection.

Sources Used:

Williams 1984, 168, no. 112

Other Bibliography:

CVA, Robinson 2 (USA 6) 17-18, pl. XV, XVI.1