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Bowdoin 15.17.1 and .2


Lent by the Bowdoin College Museum of Art; gift of E. P. Warren (15.17.1 and .2)

.1 Length: 3 15/16 in. (10 cm.)

.2 Length: 2 1/16 in. (5.1 cm.)

.1 preserves the body of a satyr (head and feet missing) moving to the right in pursuit of a maenad.

.2 shows part of the torso, the left arm, and shoulder of the maenad; she wears a sleeveless chiton and carries a thyrsos.

Dilute glaze: anatomical details of satyr.

Attributed to the Euaion Painter [Beazley] ca. 460 - 450 B. C.

The refined style and polished technique of the Euaion Painter continue the tradition of Douris. This special shape of oinochoe, chous, was made especially for drinking wine at the festival of spring, the Anthesteria, at which Dionysos as god of vegetation was worshipped (van Hoorn 1951, 10, 15).


Beazley 1918, 158; van Hoorn 1951, 115, no. 396, fig. 113; ARV2, 797, no. 145; Herbert 1964, 71, no. 190.

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