RISD 25.074RED-FIGURE ASKOS (SHAPE II)
Lent by the Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design; museum appropriation and special gift (Mrs. Gustav Radeke) (25.074)
Height: 2 3/16 in. (5.6 cm.); Diameter: 2 7/8 in. (7.2 cm.)
Missing handle; minor abrasions on one side.
On both sides, reclining maenads. Both wear chitons with a kolpos overfold. They have ivy wreaths in their hair and recline against gaily colored cushions. Behind one of the maenads is a thyrsos; the other holds a skyphos. Red: wreaths, tassels of belts, rim of skyphos.
Attributed to Makron [Beazley] ca. 490 - 480 B. C. The abrupt transition between frontal and profile views on the maenads, as on the Erotes of the Bowdoin askos, helps place both askoi within the early work of Makron. The subjects (reclining maenads, flying Erotes) are both well suited to the narrow fields of decoration provided by the vessel.