Side A: Dionysos on a donkey with satyrs and maenads

Collection: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Summary: Side A: Dionysos on a donkey with satyrs and maenads. Side B: Satyrs and maenads.
Ware: Attic Black Figure, White Ground
Painter: Name vase of the Painter of Boston 01.17
Date: ca. 520 BC - ca. 510 BC

H 0.287 - 0.29 m; D 0.154 m

Primary Citation: ABV, 319.2; Beazley Addenda 1, 41, 43; Beazley Addenda 2, 86, 88; Para, 144
Shape: Neck amphora
Beazley Number: 301662
Period: Archaic


Broken and repaired, with two large fragments of Side B restored. The foot and most of the base are modern.

Decoration Description:

Side A: Dionysos is depicted riding a mule, accompanied by satyrs and maenads. The god is crowned with ivy and wears a himation, which is decorated with red stripes. He turns to look around at a satyr behind him having sex with the mule. The other figures are a maenad on the left and a satyr with his arm around a maenad on the right. They converge on the central group. The maenads wear peploi decorated with red paint and have red fillets in their hair. Dionysos holds ivy sprays which cover the field. His beard and the beards of the satyrs are painted red. The mule's mane and flank are also painted red.

Side B: Three satyrs walk to the right. The one to the far left has his left leg bent up, and touches his knee with his left hand. His tail, beard, and forehead are painted red. The middle satyr is carrying a maenad (both of their heads are missing, although part of his red beard can be seen). Her peplos is decorated with red dots. The satyr to the right is also missing his head; he walks to the right with his hands at his sides, and his tail is painted red. There are ivy branches in the field.

On the shoulder of the vessel is an enclosed tongue pattern, with alternate tongues painted red. Above the foot is a ray pattern, surmounted by a chain of upright lotus buds between two lines. The handle sides are decorated with four palmettes and three lotuses. There is a continuous ground line.

The body is covered with a white slip, and as on this type of vase, there is no additional white paint.

In ABV,, Beazley attributes this vase to the Painter of Boston 01.17, while in Para he attributes it to the Group of Faina 75.

Shape Description:

The shape is kindred to the Nikosthenic type, with high handles (ABV, 319).

Collection History:

Gift of Mrs. H.P. Kidder, 1901.

Sources Used:

CVA, Boston 1, USA 14, pl. 54

Other Bibliography:

D. Kurtz "Mr. Hattatt's Painter" OJA 1(1982) 145, fig. 11; Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College, Bulletin 29(1971)67, figs. 5-6; Richter & Milne 1935, fig. 33; Caskey 1922, 53; Richter 1923, 22, fig. 28