30. 24.450 LEKYTHOS Maenad with thyrsus PLATE XHeight, 0.318 m.; diameter, 0.102 m. Intact. The foot is without lip. On the shoulder below a tongue pattern, a red-figured design of three large palmettes, two small palmettes, and spirals, with leaves and dots in the field. The upper border of the picture is of interlocking maeander interrupted by three squares of two types; the lower border is a simple continuous maeander. Relief contours throughout; the hair contour reserved. The fillet in red. A brown stripe runs across the chiton near the bottom, and another line across the upper part from the forearm to the mantle. The thyrsus is berried as in the rhyton no. 22 (Boston 03.787). In the field, the letters ΠΣΝ. Acquired in 1924. Beazley, Att. V., Appendix, p. 494. About 480 B.C. Called by Beazley a good, characteristic work of the painter of the Paris Gigantomachy, who 'reduced the fabrication of Brygan pieces to a mechanical process'. Two other lekythoi of his are decorated with female figures standing in the same attitude, but winged, and holding different things in their hands: Berlin 2211 (Millingen, Ancient Unedited Monuments, i, Pl. 29), and a vase with Nike, from Selinus, in Palermo.1
ARV, p. 278, no. 97; ARV2, p. 423, no. 123.