Pottery amphora of Panathenaic shape. Designs round upper part of body of vase representing two successive incidents; black, with accessories of white and purple on the red ground of the vase. On the neck, double honeysuckle. (a) Dionysiac group: In the centre, Dionysos driving in a quadriga to right, bearded, with long hair, ivy-wreath, long chiton and himation, goad in right hand, reins in both. By the further side of the chariot is a Satyr moving to right, playing the chelys; in front of him a Maenad also moving to right, looking back, in long chiton and himation, playing on the crotala (castnets). At the horses' heads is a Satyr to left crouching down, on whose left shoulder sits a Maenad to right in long embroidered chiton with crotala in right hand. Behind them is a Maenad to left, in long embroidered chiton, pardalis (leopard skin), and himation, dancing and turning to look at a Satyr who kneels with keras (animal horn) and vine-branches in right hand. Behind Dionysos is a similar Maenad with crotala in either hand, following the quadriga; behind her a Satyr crouching down, holding a vine-branch in left hand. Thus a group of a crouching Satyr and a Maenad closes the composition at each end. All the Maenads have long hair and ivy-wreaths. (b) Dionysos seated on an okladias to right, with Ariadne seated at his side; Dionysos has a long pointed beard, ivy-wreath, and a long chiton, and in left hand a cantharos; Ariadne has long hair, ivy-wreath, and long embroidered chiton and himation. On either side of them is a Satyr to right, each playing with a plectrum on a chelys, from which hangs drapery. On the left is a Maenad dancing to right, in long embroidered chiton with sleeves and pardalis; in her left hand is a keras, behind her a Satyr to right, with left arm raised. On the right is a Maenad to left, looking back, in a long chiton the folds of which are indicated, playing the crotala. All the Maenads have long flowing hair, crowned with ivy. In front of Dionysos is a vine, which spreads all over the design, with clusters of grapes.
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