|Dionysos and giants.
|Attic Red Figure
|Attributed to the Oinophile Painter
|ca. 510 BC
H. 12.5 cm.
The cup is in fairly good condition. Some of the black glaze fired red. There is some encrustation and discoloration of the surface.
Dionysos and giants. Dionysos runs in from the left. He has plunged his spear into the side of a giant, fallen opposite the vase's handle. A second giant runs to the rescue from the right (too late), thrusting his spear at Dionysos. Dionysos wears only a mantle flung over his shoulders, and his characteristic wreath. A small panther rides on his outstretched left arm. The fallen giant has been brought down by the snake which is wrapped around his legs and waist. He bleeds from his abdomen, where Dionysos' spear is entering, and from another wound on his thigh. Although fallen, he still holds his sword in one hand and his shield in the other, his left arm through the shield strap. He has a long beard, and is naked but for greaves and an elaborate helmet with two high crests. His would-be rescuer is also bearded and wears greaves and a crested helmet. He carries a shield with a shield-apron; the shield device is not preserved.
There is a knob on the handle of the kyathos.