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157. 95.30 CUP PLATE XCI

Diameter 0.227, height 0.096. From the Roman market. I Dionysos; A-B, maenads and satyrs. About 470-460 B.C., by the Telephos Painter (Att. V. p. 226 no. 25; ARV.1 p. 544 no. 27; ARV.2 p. 819 no. 44).

The cup is of Type B.

Inside, Dionysos moves to right, looking round, holding a thyrsus in his right hand, and a panther-cub by the hind-legs in his left. He wears a long chiton, a panther-skin over it, and an ivy-wreath; the hair is tied near the ends behind. On the left, a lighted altar, of the same kind as in nos. 154 and 155. On the right a floating flower. Relief-contours. Brown for the double stripe on the skirt, for details of the pelt, and for the daub on the altar. Red for wreath, flame, and the inscription ΚΑΛΟΙ. The maeander is stopped, but breaks into a run below the feet of the god.

Outside, on A, a satyr drops his thyrsus and rushes after a maenad, who turns and threatens him with her thyrsus; another maenad dances, with wing-sleeves (see ii p. 40; Boston 01.8028); on B, two maenads dance, and a satyr plays the flute. Satyrs and maenads wear panther-skins, the maenads chitons with kolpoi. The left-hand maenad on A seems to have a second kolpos, above the other; the right-hand maenad on B has a flounce. Her hair is in a saccos. The right-hand maenad on B has also her hair in a saccos, of a different sort. Both wear ear-rings. The other maenads have bare heads with shortish flying hair. They and the satyrs wear ivy-wreaths. A wineskin hangs in the field on A — unless it has been dropped by the satyr and is falling. On B, a thyrsus leans or falls. There is a floating flower on B like that inside the cup; and a third such flower springs from the root of one handle. What answers to this flower at the other handle is a pair of large ivy-leaves, one from each handle-root, like those on no. 153. There is also a floating palmette under each handle. Relief-contours. Red for the wreaths, for the leaves of the thyrsus-branches on B, and for the meagre inscription, ΟΣΛΕΣΣ, meaningless, over the two right-hand figures on A: the fifth character is complete, but indeterminate.

The fragment that gives the upper part of the right-hand maenad on A was formerly in the University of Leipsic, was added (on paper) in CF. p. 34 no. 25, and acquired by Boston shortly after. A small piece of chiton and pelt is still missing, also a little of the pursuer's middle, and a few of the spots on his pelt.


Schettino Nobile 1969, pp. 20-21 (no. 19), 62, pls. 23-24, figs. 38-40; Para., p. 421, no. 44; Boardman 1975, pp. 196, 207 (fig. 380), 234, 248; Beazley Addenda 1, p. 144; Images 1987, p. 119, note 21 (F. Lissarrague); Schöne 1987, pp. 155, 302, no. 515; Padgett 1989, p. 242; Beazley Addenda 2, p. 293; Lissarrague 1990b, p. 161, note 45, no. 4.


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