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lebes

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1851,0611.1

  • Description

    Red figured pottery lebes with a cover.
    Designs red on black ground, with accessories of white and yellow. Round the lip, egg-moulding; on the neck, ivy; on the shoulder, palmettes alternating with lotos-leaves in white, and egg-moulding; below the designs, maeander. On the cover is a vine-wreath in white; in the centre is a knob in the form of an apple, in the colour of the clay. Round the foot of the stand is an ivy-wreath in white.
    Round the body is a frieze with a Dionysiac scene: In the centre is Dionysos seated to left, with curls, fillet and ivy-wreath twisted together, and bordered himation, in right hand a cantharos, in left a thyrsos; above him is a vine. Before him is Ariadne seated to left, looking back towards him; she has curls, radiated ampyx, earrings, double necklace, bracelets, long girt chiton, bordered himation over lower limbs, embroidered shoes, thyrsos in right hand, in left a tympanon resting on the ground. Behind Dionysos is a female figure to left, with hair gathered in an embroidered opisthosphendone radiated in front, earrings, double necklace, bracelets, long girt chiton, bordered himation, and shoes laced up the front; in her left hand is a phiale, from which she sprinkles incense on an incense-burner. Next is a youthful Satyr on a higher level to right, with curly hair and fillet with trefoils attached, pouring wine from a diota (round which is a vine-wreath) into a crater. On the crater are painted in yellow a Satyr holding spear in left hand and wreath in right, and a male figure following him, with spear in right hand and a phiale in left. Facing the youthful Satyr is a Maenad with a blazing torch in right hand and a situla in left; her hair is gathered under an open embroidered cap radiated in front, and she wears earrings, necklace, bracelets, long chiton over which is a fawn-skin tied on the left shoulder, embroidered girdle, and shoes laced up in front. Next is a youthful Satyr seated on a rock to right, with wreath and fillet, and belt of flowers crossed over the breast; in his right hand is a thyrsos, in left he holds out a phiale to a Maenad who confronts him, with right foot on a rock. Her hair is gathered under an open cap, and she wears earrings, double necklace, bracelets, long girt chiton fastened on the shoulder, bordered himation, and shoes laced up in front; in her left hand is a thyrsos, and in right she holds out a white alabastron; above her hangs a wreath. Next is a female figure dancing to right, with hair gathered under an open embroidered cap radiated in front, earrings, double necklace, bracelets, and long girt bordered chiton; in right hand she holds a laurel-branch, in left a basket of fruit; above is a rosette. Next is a Maenad rushing to right, with hair tied back with a fillet, radiated ampyx, earrings, double necklace, bracelets, long girt bordered chiton, bordered himation over her arms held up in right hand, and shoes laced up in front; she holds out a tympanon in left hand; at her feet, a plant. Before her is a youthful Satyr moving to right, looking back, with fillet ornamented with trefoils, fawn-skin round neck, situla in right hand and a blazing torch in left. Next, a Maenad dancing, with face upturned to right, dishevelled hair, beaded ampyx, earrings, necklace, bracelets, long girt embroidered chiton fastened on left shoulder, thyrsos with taenia attached in right hand, and fawn-skin hanging from left arm. She is preceded by a youthful Satyr with situla in left hand and a cottabos-stand studded with knobs in right; above is a wreath. Next is a Maenad moving to left, looking back, with hair gathered under an open embroidered cap radiated in front, wrapped in an embroidered himation with engrailed border; her shoes are laced up in front. She beckons to a female figure, who stands to left, playing the double flute; her hair is tied at the back, with curls in front, and she wears earrings, double necklace, bracelets, long girt chiton, bordered himation, and shoes laced up in front. Between their heads is a rosette; the ground-lines are indicated as usual. Several of the figures are much injured and repainted.
    The cover is decorated with a vine wreath painted in white and in the centre a knob in the form of an apple and the colour of clay; stand stored separately.

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  • Producer name

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 365BC-350BC
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 60.6 centimetres
    • Diameter: 26.5 centimetres
  • Bibliography

    • RVAp 15/33 bibliographic details
    • Old Catalogue 1516 bibliographic details
    • Vase F304 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G1/wp50/sh1

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:

    1997 13 Oct-1998 5 Jan, India, New Delhi, National Museum, The Enduring Image
    1998 9 Feb-3 May, India, Mumbai, Sir Caswasjee Jahangir Hall, The Enduring Image

  • Condition

    Much injured.

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1851

  • Department

    Greek & Roman Antiquities

  • Registration number

    1851,0611.1

Red figured pottery lebes with a cover, decorated around the body with a frieze of a Dionysiac scene including fourteen figures, possibly showing the triumph of Dionysos and Ariadne: in the centre is Dionysos seated to the left holding a catharos in his right hand and a thyrsos in his left, before him is Ariadne seated to the left and looking back towards him, she holds a thyrsos in her right hand and in her left a tympanon resting on the ground. Behind Dionysos is a female figure to the left with a phiale in her left hand from which she sprinkles incense on an incense burner, a youthful satyr is pouring wine from a diota into a crater on a higher level to the right and facing him is a maenad with a blazing torch in right hand and a phiale in left. Next there is a youthful satyr seated on a rock facing to the right holding a thyrsos in his right hand and in his left hand holding out a phiale to a maenad who confronts him with his right foot on a rock, the maenad holds a thyrsos in her left hand and a white alabastron in her right, above her hangs a wreath. A female figure dancing to the right is holding a laurel branch in her right hand and a basket of fruit in her left, another maenad is holding up her bordered himation in her right hand, in her left hand holds a tympanon and at her feet there is a plant, before her is a youthful satyr moving to the right and looking back, he is carrying a situla in his right hand and a blazing torch in his left. A maenad is dancing with her face upturned to the right holding a thyrsos with taenia attached in her right hand, she is preceeded by a youthful satyr with a situla in his left hand and a cottabos stand in his right hand, a maenad moving to the left beckons to a female figure, who stands to the left and is playing a double flute, between their heads is a rosette. Several of the figures are injured and repainted; marked on the lip with egg moulding, ivy around the neck, palmettes alternating with lotus leaves in white and egg moulding on the shoulder and a maeander pattern below the design. The cover is decorated with a vine wreath painted in white and in the centre a knob in the form of an apple and the colour of clay; stand stored separately.

Red figured pottery lebes with a cover, decorated around the body with a frieze of a Dionysiac scene including fourteen figures, possibly showing the triumph of Dionysos and Ariadne: in the centre is Dionysos seated to the left holding a catharos in his right hand and a thyrsos in his left, before him is Ariadne seated to the left and looking back towards him, she holds a thyrsos in her right hand and in her left a tympanon resting on the ground. Behind Dionysos is a female figure to the left with a phiale in her left hand from which she sprinkles incense on an incense burner, a youthful satyr is pouring wine from a diota into a crater on a higher level to the right and facing him is a maenad with a blazing torch in right hand and a phiale in left. Next there is a youthful satyr seated on a rock facing to the right holding a thyrsos in his right hand and in his left hand holding out a phiale to a maenad who confronts him with his right foot on a rock, the maenad holds a thyrsos in her left hand and a white alabastron in her right, above her hangs a wreath. A female figure dancing to the right is holding a laurel branch in her right hand and a basket of fruit in her left, another maenad is holding up her bordered himation in her right hand, in her left hand holds a tympanon and at her feet there is a plant, before her is a youthful satyr moving to the right and looking back, he is carrying a situla in his right hand and a blazing torch in his left. A maenad is dancing with her face upturned to the right holding a thyrsos with taenia attached in her right hand, she is preceeded by a youthful satyr with a situla in his left hand and a cottabos stand in his right hand, a maenad moving to the left beckons to a female figure, who stands to the left and is playing a double flute, between their heads is a rosette. Several of the figures are injured and repainted; marked on the lip with egg moulding, ivy around the neck, palmettes alternating with lotus leaves in white and egg moulding on the shoulder and a maeander pattern below the design. The cover is decorated with a vine wreath painted in white and in the centre a knob in the form of an apple and the colour of clay; stand stored separately.

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