Main panel: defending giant

Overview: handle rear

Main panel: defending giant

Main panel: Dionysos and panther

Main panel: Dionysos stabbing giant

Overview: handle left

Collection: Berlin, Antikenmuseen
Summary: Dionysos and giants.
Ware: Attic Red Figure
Painter: Attributed to the Oinophile Painter
Context: From Vulci
Date: ca. 510 BC

H. 12.5 cm.

Primary Citation: ARV2, 333.3
Shape: Kyathos
Beazley Number: 203429
Region: Etruria
Period: Archaic


The cup is in fairly good condition. Some of the black glaze fired red. There is some encrustation and discoloration of the surface.

Decoration Description:

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.

Shape Description:

There is a knob on the handle of the kyathos.


*P*A*N*A*I*T*I*O[*S] *K*A*L*O*S, Panaitios is beautiful.

Sources Used:

Hoppin 1919, i, p. 421, no. 38.

Other Bibliography:

Gerhard pl. 50-51, 3-4; Klein 1886, 282; Vian R. pl. 41, 373.